Case study: Galapagos
Xtera, a well-established provider of subsea fiber optic solutions, will perform the design and construction works on a turnkey basis
Ecuadorian President, Lenin Moreno, announced in March 2021 the deployment of a submarine cable system to the Galapagos Islands. The initiative, which started in 2018, has been driven by CNT EP who performed the feasibility studies which led to investment from Galapagos Cable Systems (GCS S.A.).
Together with their strategic partner Xtera, GCS spearheaded the construction of a state-of-the-art 1,280km submarine cable system between Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands. The new network, which will go live in 2022, will boost capacity to the Galapagos Islands initially by over ten times. The full design capacity of the cable system is 20 terabits per second, capable of providing over 2,500 times more than the current bandwidth available in the region.
As a well-established provider of subsea fiber optic solutions, we carried out the design and construction works on a turnkey basis utilising our innovative SDM repeater, cable supplied by Prysmian/NSW and marine installation activities performed by International Telecom. Our innovation offer combineed turnkey project management and system integration expertise with solid industry partnerships to deliver high capacity and flexible networks.
MD of Galapagos Cable Systems
Wladimir embraced the opportunity at the opening ceremony in Ecuador stating,
“In pursuing this project we have learnt how wonderful this country is and how amazing the possibilities are.”
Thanking the President, Government Agencies and CNT he added
“With this new cable system, connected services and the IOT will be available to the entire community, bringing with them a wealth of new opportunities and a boost of revenues for existing businesses. I look forward to working with Xtera to make the Galapagos Islands the best-connected place to live in harmony with the environment.”
Chief Executive Officer of Xtera
Keith Henderson, CEO of Xtera, noted Wladimir’s commitment to the project.
“By selecting Xtera, GCS have chosen the best optical technology available in the world today. Our teams of industry experts will deliver the Galapagos cable system to the highest levels of quality and reliability standards. We look forward to delivering you with an advanced network capable of supporting your increasing data demands, thank you for this tremendous opportunity.”
Xtera is an innovative provider of subsea systems and telecoms technology. We supply both repeatered and unrepeatered networks, delivering traffic directly between data centres. Xtera challenges industry norms and can create unique solutions that are tailored to each individual customer whether that be for the provision of an open architecture system or individual network elements.
Xtera combines turnkey project management and system integration expertise with solid industry partnerships. We design, build and commission solutions that deliver high capacity and flexible network capability end-to-end. Post-delivery, our specialist team is on hand 24 hours a day to provide technical support to system operators. Visit us at www.xtera.com or follow us on LinkedIn. You can contact us at [email protected] .