Brazil-US undersea cable suffers delays

The Google-backed link is now expected to be ready by Q2 2017

The submarine fibre optic link between Brazil and the United States will not be complete until the second quarter of 2017.

The Monet cable is sponsored by a consortium comprising of Google, Angola Cables, Brazilian firm Algar Telecom and Uruguay-based Antel and had its completion planned for the end of 2016 -- but Algar Telecom executive Tiago Setti told the press at a telecoms event last week that the original deadline will not be met.

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According to Brazilian website Convergência Digital, Setti said the consortium participants are currently working in the connection between their base and the Fortaleza base. However the specific reasons for the delay have not been disclosed.

Monet was announced in 2014. Spanning 10,556 km (6,560 miles), the cable will link the Brazilian cities of Santos and Fortaleza with Boca Ratón in Florida.

It will have six fiber pairs, with overall system design capacity of 64 Tbps, with a total lifespan of approximately 25 years. TE SubCom was awarded the construction contract for the project.

Total investment for the project at the time was estimated at about $60 million.

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