Andy Bax, COO of the company, told Convergencialatina that work on this new section will begin soon. The Seabras-1, which connects San Paulo and New York, has seven branching units, from which possible extensions can be created: two in the United States -Virginia and Miami-, one in the Caribbean, one in Fortaleza, one in Pernambuco, one in Rio de Janeiro and a last one in southern Brazil. “Using these branching units is more cost effective than building new stretches from point A to point B,” said the executive.
Another sector of the region where smaller regional systems may be needed is the United States-Central America route, through the Gulf of Mexico. “There are older and smaller cables there. It is a neglected area in terms of regional connectivity,” Bax said.
Lastly, the COO of Seaborn put cold cloths on the SABR cable project, between Cape Town in Africa and Brazil. This line had been announced at the end of 2017, with the intention of starting operations in 2020. “We do not have a solid plan for this cable, because we do not see enough interest,” he admitted.