New subsea cable connections for Central Americas

Created April 28, 2021
News and Business

Trans Ocean Network and Ocean Networks, Inc. have signed an MOU for Trans Ocean Network to provide landing party services and infrastructure in the Republic of Panama for the Caribbean Express (CX) submarine cable system. Under the terms of the MOU, Ocean Networks will lease space in the Trans Ocean Network cable stations and procure 18 fibre pairs on diverse routes across Panama connecting Maria Chiquita in the Caribbean to Corozal in the Pacific.

The CX system will have 18-fiber pairs utilising Space Division Multiplexing (SDM) technology. Initially the system will connect West Palm Beach (Florida), Balboa (Panama), Cancun (Mexico), and Cartagena (Colombia). The system is designed for future connectivity to the Bahamas, Guatemala, Grand Cayman, Jamaica, Honduras, Nicaragua, and Costa Rica. The estimated Ready for Service (RFS) date will be Q2 2024.

David Blau, COO at Ocean Networks said, “We are pleased to be working with Trans Ocean Network, they are well positioned in Panama. Trans Ocean was able to provide us with a cost effective, turnkey solution that includes everything from bore pipes, cable landing stations, diverse dark fibre routes across Panama and all associated services.”

Joaquin Victoria, General Manager at Trans Ocean Network, added, “We are pleased to be supporting Ocean Networks and the Caribbean Express system in Panama. Ocean Networks recognises our experience and proven success supporting other fiber networks in Panama. We feel the CX system is important for the Republic of Panama, as it provides a more direct and cost-effective route to the United States.”

Trans Ocean Network, directly or indirectly, owns, operates and maintains a terrestrial network of fiber-optic cables in Panama, including rights of way, ducts, beach manholes, bore pipes, and cable landing stations.

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This article was written
by Peter Dykes

Peter Dykes is a independent telecoms and technology journalist who has over that last 30 years written for a wide range of B2B publications and companies. A former BT engineer, he specialises in networks and associated support systems. He is currently Editor of Optical Connections.