Subsea fiber optic solutions company Xtera has announced completion of the Final Splice and marine operations on the Guantanamo – Puerto Rico submarine cable system for the Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA).
This is the second submarine cable system that Xtera has deployed for DISA (agency of the U.S. Department of Defense), The first has been in the water and fully operational since 2015.
The marine installation for the project was successfully performed by International Telecom’s cable ship the IT Intrepid.
The new system will be fully commissioned as scheduled in December and placed into service in early 2019 after being fully integrated into the global DISN network.
The contract for the 1,400 km long cable system was awarded in September 2017. The design, which uses Xtera’s second generation low noise repeater, delivers a high-capacity solution at the lowest cost per Terabit/s.
Keith Henderson, chief executive officer of Xtera, said: “The success of this project is a credit to the professionalism of our expert team and their ability to work seamlessly with our industry-leading partners. Excellent collaboration between Xtera and the DISA project team has enabled the on-schedule delivery of the system despite regional weather challenges. Once again Xtera has demonstrated that it is the supplier of choice for those seeking a high-quality innovative optical solution.”