Trans Americas Fibre System the name behind the new TAM-1 submarine cable system (formerly known as Trans Caribbean Fibre System) and Xtera, a provider of subsea and telecom technology, have announced that initial construction has begun on TAM-1.
TAM-1 is described as the first fibre optic cable specifically designed to meet the exploding demand for data in the Trans-Americas region, advancing connectivity solutions through state-of-the-art products and services.
With the demand for internet connectivity growing at more than 30% annually in Latin America and the Caribbean, the TAM-1 network has been specifically designed to create a new low latency route for customers operating in the trans-Americas region.
Designed for low latency and high-capacity solutions, the TAM-1 system covers more than 7,000 kilometres and will link Florida with Central America and the wider Caribbean. The system is planned to be ready for service in 2025. TAM-1 is the first stage of a broader digital infrastructure project, which will be carried out over the next five years, creating a large-scale, high-reliability network across the entire Caribbean Basin, with extensions to Pacific South America.
As the turnkey engineering, procurement, and construction (EPC) supplier, Xtera will project manage the construction process, providing its innovative repeaters, branching units and submarine line terminals. AT&T, acting as the anchor tenant and landing party for the system in all US jurisdictions, has played a pivotal role since conception of the project.
Other partners include Arnos Telecommunication Services (engineering and project management services), EGS survey (marine survey operations), and Julian Rawle Consulting (commercial advisory and business plan validation).
Xtera adds that sustainability and environmental responsibility are important principles for Trans Americas Fibre System, AT&T and Xtera, and these will be observed throughout system production, construction and operation.