Huawei completes Viatel (Flores-Corvo) submarine cable projectProjects and Operations // January 21, 2014
Huawei Marine Networks Co Ltd (Huawei Marine), the submarine cable networks provider, has partnered with Viatel, Portugalís leading telecommunications engineering network supplier, to complete the 685km Flores-Corvo submarine cable system construction.
The new cable system will provide communications to not only service local demand but become an integral part of Viatelís network, which includes over 100 points-of-presence (PoPs) based in 35 key cities.
The cable system features three diverse segments, consisting of six landings points to provide essential links to international cable systems, such as the cross-Atlantic Columbus3 submarine cable system, to enable a broad range of services to be delivered to this region.
Prior to the completion of the Flores-Corvo Submarine Cable System, the seven islands of the Archipelago of the Azores were connected via the Azores Domestic Cable System, excluding Corvo and Flores which depended on basic satellite communications.
The completed Flores-Corvo Submarine Cable System now enables all nine islands of the Archipelago of the Azores to be interconnected, with backbone connectivity to European, African and cross-Atlantic submarine cables.
During the project, Huawei Marineís dedicated delivery team overcame significant operational challenges due to the islandsí remote location and geographical landscape.
These included protecting the cable on a 22m cliff off the Flores shore and successfully completing the build within 10 months.