América Móvil, Telxius, to build next-gen subsea cable

Created February 6, 2023
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Latin American service provider América Móvil and infrastructure provider Telxius have announced the deployment of a new ultra-high-capacity subsea cable to link Guatemala and the United States, as part of the ongoing commitment of the two largest telecommunication groups in Latin America to improve global communications.

Named AMX3 by América Móvil and Tikal by Telxius, the subsea cable will be the highest capacity undersea cable to connect Puerto Barrios in Guatemala, with Boca Raton in the US, with an additional possible landing in Cancun (Mexico). Featuring an initial estimated capacity of 190 Tbps, the cable will serve a key route in the Caribbean. The supply contract is already in force with Alcatel Submarine Networks and provides options to increase capacity and to incorporate additional branching units to serve other destinations. The cable is expected to go live in 2025.

(Image: Telxius.)

For América Móvil, this is a new step to build a most extensive subsea network in the Americas, which delivers capacity through more than 197,000 km of submarine cables, including the AMX-1 submarine cable that extends 18,300 km and connects the United States to Central and South America with 13 landing points and also the South Pacific Submarine Cable that extends 7,300 km along the Latin American Pacific coast, connecting Guatemala, Ecuador, Peru and Chile with five landing points. Both systems provide international connectivity to all of their subsidiaries in these geographic areas.

For Telxius, Tikal is the seventh new next-generation cable to complete its network since 2018 in addition to Brusa, Mistral, Tannat, Junior, Marea and Dunant. This means a multi-terabit, robust set of new next-generation subsea cables fully serving the Americas and Europe while enhancing Telxius traditional routes. Overall, Telxius will feature a 82,000 km network that has been designed to connect the main digital data hubs on both sides of the Atlantic.

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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.