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Seaborn Execs Talk about Seabras-1 as It Nears RFS
Submarine Cable NewsFeed - Market Snapshot
Wednesday, 19 July 2017 07:19

Editor’s Note:

On June 13, Seaborn Networks announced that the Brazil marine landing of Seabras-1, Seaborn’s submarine cable system between New York and São Paulo was successfully completed.  With the construction phase of the 10,700-kilometer-long cable system coming to an end, this will bring a vast amount of new capacity to the Brazil - US route. 

One week later, I sat down at the Telecom Exchange (TEX) conference in New York City with Paul Creelman, Seaborn’s Director of Business Development, and Thasha Carey, a Network Operations Center (NOC) Manager for Seaborn, to get the latest on the project as Seabras-1 nears its RFS. 

Click here to see a video about Seabras-1.

Creelman: “This is a really exciting time for Seaborn and the whole team that worked on Seabras-1. We are now putting in the final connections and cross-connects and anticipate turning services on in August.  This cable is the only direct point-to-point cable between the commercial centers of Brazil and the USA.  Seabras-1 will drive greater Internet connectivity and improved reliability and stability to the region, while reducing points of failure that other systems are prone to experience.  Seaborn also has a proprietary lowest latency solution for this route. Known as SeaSpeed, this caters to the most demanding financial customers. Beyond SeaSpeed, even our carrier class solutions for OTTs and carriers offer a step-change in improved latency when compared to existing offerings in the market.

In addition to being an independent operator, we have our own Seaborn-staffed NOC in New Jersey and an additional Seaborn NOC in Massachusetts. Thasha is one of our NOC Managers and can attest to the Seaborn staff’s competence and skill sets.”

Carey: “Most of the NOC engineers that work for Seaborn have been in the industry for more than a decade.  And we have significant experience in network design and architecture. I myself have been in the submarine cable industry for 14 years.  We definitely have a great team with diverse backgrounds.”

Creelman: “There is existing subsea infrastructure between the US and Brazil, however it has aged out.  Ultimately the cables that are in the water today can’t really offer long-term IRU contracts anymore.  They have served their purpose well and brought connectivity to Brazil.  However Seabras-1 being the newest and most significant system to be built in years, and the only direct one between NY and Sao Paulo, has redefined the quality expected on the route. Having a new cable offering faster, more up to date tech and equipment has really disrupted the market, which was a fundamental objective of our business plan.

As the industry has long recognized, reliability has been a real issue for the existing subsea services and systems that land in Brazil.  That’s not due to the subsea piece, but is more to do with the overhead terrestrial fiber in Brazil backhaul and metro networks. Seaborn, on the other hand, invested in trenching and burying 100% of our backhaul and metro fiber.  The uptime that we can offer because of this will significantly change the market and the customer experience and I think that’s really important.  It’s bringing everything into the 21st Century, so to speak.

As we continue to focus on bringing Seabras-1 to RFS, there are other projects that we are working on.  For example, we’ve recently announced the ARBR project that we and The Werthein Group are building from Brazil to Argentina. Some of our new projects leverage the fact that we own and operate Seabras-1, while others are in fundamentally different geographies. Seaborn is a unique platform play; the company has been designed from the ground up to develop and operate the next generation of subsea routes and to work closely with OTTs and carriers as a neutral developer-owner-operator.”