Fibre-optic network being built for South America

Global Crossing plans to build a fibre-optic network in South America that is expected to increase the speed and quality of transmissions of voice, data, video and Internet in the region.

The network, called the South American Crossing (SAC), is expected to cost about $US1 billion and is scheduled to begin operating between the fourth quarter of 2000 and the first quarter of 2001, the company said. The undersea and terrestrial network will be based on DWDM (dense wavelength division multiplexing) technology and will have an initial capacity of 40Gbit/sec.

The network will provide direct connections between cities in South America and the US, México, Central America, the Caribbean, Asia and Europe, the company said. Some of the South American cities that will connect to the network are Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo in Brazil, Santiago and Valparaiso in Chile, Quito and Guayaquil in Ecuador, Lima in Perú, Cali and Bogotá in Colombia, and Buenos Aires and Las Toninas in Argentina,company officials said.

South American Crossing is part of a worldwide network Global Crossing is building, which includes six other regional networks, such as Atlantic Crossing, which is already operating and which connects the US, the UK, the Netherlands and Germany, and the Pan American Crossing, which is under construction and will connect the western US, México, Central America, the Caribbean and South America. According to the company, when completed, the Global Crossing network will connect four continents and 100 of the world's most important cities.

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