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    [EN] Seabras-1 (NYC-SP) Ready to Roll

    January 12th, 2016 by Rob Powell


    The new independent submarine cable between North and South America known as Seabras-1 seems to finally have all its financial ducks in a row. Yesterday, Seaborn Networks announced the project has now been fully funded, and this morning in a clearly related announcement we learned that TI Sparkle has signed on in a big way.

    Seabras-1 will connect the markets of New York City and Sao Paolo directly, landing in Wall Township in New Jersey and Praia Grande, Brazil with six fiber pairs and a total initial theoretical capacity of 72Tbps.

    The buildout also includes branching units for future expansion to Halifax, Ashburn, Miami, St. Croix, Fortaleza, Rio de Janeiro, and Los Toninas. Now that financing is complete, manufacturing has commenced. Alcatel-Lucent will be doing the heavy lifting, with a target date sometime in 2017. The last piece of the funding puzzle seems to have come from TI Sparkle, which today revealed a $300M long term investment in the system. That will give them three full fiber pairs on Seabras-1, branching rights at Fortaleza, and protected backhaul between New York and Miami. The new route will clearly become one of the key legs of the company's global network infrastructure, as one doesn't invest a sum of this size in anything else.
    http://www.telecomramblings.com/2016...rkle-signs-on/

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    PR: Seaborn Networks completes total funding of US$500 million for Seabras-1

    In the 165-year history of the subsea communications cable industry, Seabras-1 represents the first export credit agency-backed project financing of a subsea cable system.

    BOSTON, Jan. 11, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Seaborn Networks announced today the completion of its US$500 million project funding for Seabras-1, a new transoceanic subsea fiber optic cable system directly connecting points of presence (POPs) in New York City (US) and São Paulo (Brazil). All conditions to this project financing have been fully satisfied; debt and equity funds have been drawn.

    Seabras-1, owned jointly by Seaborn and global private markets investment manager Partners Group, uses next-generation coherent technology to deliver high-capacity and low latency telecommunications for one of the fastest-growing transoceanic routes in the world. This six-fiber pair system with initial maximum design capacity of 72Tbps is the first system to provide a direct point-to-point route between the commercial and financial centers of the United States and Brazil. Seabras-1 also includes branching units installed on certain of its fiber pairs that point towards Halifax (Canada), Ashburn (US), Miami (US), St. Croix (US), Fortaleza (Brazil), Rio de Janeiro (Brazil), and Las Toninas (Argentina).

    Seaborn-managed Seabras-1 offers a wide range of capacity options (including lit, spectrum, and portions of fiber pairs) for POP-to-POP service on the New York to São Paulo route.

    Full project equity capital was provided by Partners Group and development capital was provided by Seaborn. The project funding also includes total project debt of up to US$267 million provided by Natixis, Banco Santander, Commerzbank and Intesa Sanpaolo, which debt is backed by COFACE, the French Export Credit Agency.

    "We are extremely pleased to announce that Seabras-1 is fully funded and that manufacturing of this system is ongoing," said Larry Schwartz, Chairman & CEO of Seaborn Networks. "As global telecommunications demands continue to grow, we are determined to offer the most compelling range of alternatives for purchasers of international broadband capacity."

    "Seabras-1 is a key telecommunications infrastructure project for the Americas and will bring tangible benefits to businesses and individuals in Brazil and neighboring countries," stated Todd Bright, Managing Director and Head of Americas Private Infrastructure at Partners Group.

    Alcatel-Lucent Submarine Networks, now part of Nokia, is currently constructing Seabras-1 for Seaborn under a contract in force. Diverse, dark fiber backhaul and metro routes at each end of the system have been fully secured. Manufacturing of the Seabras-1 system is in progress, and the committed ready-for-service date is in the second quarter of 2017.

    In the 165-year history of the subsea communications cable industry, Seabras-1 represents the first export credit agency-backed project financing of a subsea cable system.

    About Seaborn Networks

    Seaborn Networks is a developer and operator of submarine fiber optic cable systems with an independent cable operator model, including Seabras-1 which is the first direct point-to-point submarine cable system between the financial centers of the US and Brazil. Seabras-1 is a 72Tbps system that will connect New York and São Paulo. Seaborn was founded by successful submarine cable and wholesale carrier executives with experience in designing, building and operating many of the world's largest submarine and terrestrial networks. For additional information, see www.seabornnetworks.com
    http://www.prnewswire.com/news-relea...300201650.html
    Última edição por 5ms; 12-01-2016 às 14:45.

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    Unidade da Telecom Italia investe US$ 300 milhões em cabo submarino

    Daniele Lepido
    12/01/2016

    Bloomberg) -- A unidade da Telecom Italia SpA para o mercado de atacado está investindo mais de US$ 300 milhões no primeiro cabo submarino de fibra ótica conectando o Brasil diretamente aos EUA. A empresa busca, assim, uma vantagem sobre concorrentes como a Telefónica SA em termos de sistemas que transportam grandes quantidades de dados.

    A Telecom Italia Sparkle está se juntando ao projeto liderado pela Seaborn Networks Group Inc., segundo a empresa com sede em Roma. A Sparkle comprou três pares de cabos de fibra ótica de um total de seis que compõem o Seabras-1, um sistema submarino que liga São Paulo a Nova York. O Seabras-1, que está sendo construído pela Alcatel-Lucent SA, estará pronto para operar no segundo trimestre do ano que vem, disse a Seaborn na segunda-feira.

    A operadora italiana de telecomunicações, com dificuldades para reverter a queda nas vendas, está procurando novas fontes de receita em um momento em que a concorrência dos mercados de telefonia celular italiano e brasileiro está pesando sobre as contas telefônicas. A Sparkle vende o acesso à sua rede a clientes como Google Inc. e Verizon Communications Inc. e respondeu por cerca de 6 por cento da receita da Telecom Italia em 2014.

    "O Seabras é um dos nossos maiores investimentos em infraestrutura", disse Alessandro Talotta, o número 1 da Sparkle, em entrevista por telefone. O investimento deverá transformar a Sparkle na líder do mercado de atacado no continente americano, disse ele.

    Investidores estrangeiros

    O CEO da Telecom Italia, Marco Patuano, está tentando reanimar as vendas e os lucros da operadora no momento em que a empresa atrai o interesse de investidores estrangeiros. A francesa Vivendi SA ampliou sua participação para mais de 20 por cento no ano passado e o bilionário francês Xavier Niel adquiriu títulos equivalentes a uma participação de cerca de 15 por cento.

    No Brasil, a empresa de telefonia Oi SA estava trabalhando para finalizar uma proposta de fusão com a TIM Participações SA, a unidade local da Telecom Italia, ainda neste mês, disse uma pessoa próxima às negociações no mês passado. A LetterOne, do bilionário russo Mikhail Fridman, prometeu injetar até US$ 4 bilhões na Oi se a empresa se combinar com a TIM antes do fim do prazo, em maio.

    A concorrente Telefônica, enquanto isso, poderá reexaminar uma possível venda de sua unidade de cabos submarinos como parte da reavaliação da operadora de telefonia espanhola aos seus ativos de infraestrutura depois que não conseguiu vender a empresa, há vários meses, disseram duas pessoas com conhecimento do assunto no mês passado.

    A Seaborn Networks disse na segunda-feira que havia concluído a captação de US$ 500 milhões para o projeto.

    Título em inglês: Telecom Italia Unit Invests $300 Million to Link Brazil to U.S.

    Para entrar em contato com o repórteraniele Lepido, em Milão, dlepido1@bloomberg.net
    http://economia.uol.com.br/noticias/...asil-e-eua.htm

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