Seaborn Networks' pending build of the Seabras-1 submarine cable system linking the U.S. and Brazil has attracted Microsoft (NASDAQ: MSFT), which has signed an agreement for fiber network capacity in order to fulfill its customers' cloud service desires.
Cloud providers like Microsoft are finding that they need more capacity between Latin America in order to grow and scale their cloud infrastructure.
"Seaborn and Microsoft share a common desire to deploy secure infrastructure and to further accelerate the availability of cloud technologies in Brazil and throughout Latin America," said Vijay Gill, general manager of Global Networking Services for Microsoft. "This investment highlights Microsoft's commitment to enhancing our cloud infrastructure for the benefit of our customers in this region."
While it starts to name customers like Microsoft, Seaborn has increased the Seabras-1 cable system to be a 6-fiber pair system with a maximum upgradeable capacity of 60 Terabits per second (Tbps) in order to address demand for customers that have signed up to be tenants.
Larry Schwartz, Seaborn's CEO, said in a release that the company "increased the system size in response to the significant pent up demand on the route for lit capacity, spectrum and fiber pairs."
Set to go live into service in 2016, Seaborn has also secured contracts to backhaul Seabras-1 traffic from landing stations into Sao Paulo and New York City.
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