Seaborn Networks Receives Coface Guarantee for Seabras-1 Cable Project

Seaborn Networks announced that Coface, the French Export Credit Agency, has issued, for the account of the French State, a “Promise of Guarantee” for a credit facility for the Seabras-1 Brazil-US cable project subject to certain closing conditions.

Seaborn Networks intends to use the buyer credit to facilitate the manufacture and installation of Seabras-1, a new four-­fiber pair Brazil-US submarine cable system being built by Alcatel-­‐Lucent for Seaborn Networks.

Seabras-1 will be the first direct route between Sao Paulo and New York, and the system will also have a landing in Fortaleza, Brazil. Seaborn Networks also announced that the maximum design capacity for Seabras-1 has been increased from 32 Tbps to 40 Tbps in response to market and customer demand for high bandwidth services.

“Our receipt of the Coface Guarantee is a critical achievement for the Seabras-1 project,” said Larry Schwartz, CEO of Seaborn Networks. “As Brazil and other South American countries continue to experience unprecedented growth in demand for telecommunications services, Seabras-1 is well positioned to support the region’s international communications needs.”

This new submarine cable system will be based on Alcatel-Lucent’s advanced 100 Gbps coherent technology, developed by Alcatel-­Lucent in Villarceaux, near Paris. The ready-­for-­service date of Seabras-­1 is in 2015.

Press Release, October 22, 2013

 

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