Screen Shot 2016-03-21 at 10.37.27 AMPadtec, a global leader in optical communication technology, has announced that it was selected by Google for managing and executing the deployment of high capacity submarine network connecting Rio de Janeiro to São Paulo. The submarine cable, named Junior in honor of Brazilian painter José Ferraz de Almeida Júnior, will link Praia da Macumba Beach in Rio de Janeiro and Praia Grande Beach in Baixada Santista.

logo_padtecThe turnkey submarine solution provided by Padtec is approximately 390 kilometers long and will enable interconnection to other Google submarine and terrestrial infrastructure in the region with the goal of expanding Google’s data transmission infrastructure in Latin America. The system is comprised of eight fiber pairs and will be illuminated using Padtec’s submarine optical line amplifiers – developed and manufactured in Brazil – and will also showcase Padtec’s LightPad i6400G SLTE, a high capacity and low latency optical integrated platform with metro, long-haul, and ultra long-haul capabilities.

“Collaborating with Google on such an important project as a technological partner is exhilarating,” says Padtec CEO Manuel Andrade. “Above all, we are very excited because it is a solution developed with in-country technology.”

Screen Shot 2016-03-21 at 10.37.35 AM“We are very happy to work with Padtec,” says Cristian Ramos, Google’s Internet Infrastructure Development Partnerships Manager for Latin America. “The company is already globally recognized in the terrestrial optical transport systems sector and with this project, Padtec becomes a new player in the submarine transmission industry. All of this thanks to the investment in talent and research and development. The best of all is that we are talking about a Brazilian company.”

The system deployment conclusion, from Rio de Janeiro to São Paulo, and start of operations is scheduled for the second half of 2017. 

Read the full press release here.