South America Pacific Link (SAPL) is a new build submarine cable system being developed by Ocean Networks, Inc. The carrier neutral SAPL system will connect Points of Presence in Naples (Florida), Balboa (Panama), Manta (Ecuador), Valparaiso (Chile) and Oahu (Hawaii). In addition, the system is designed for future connectivity to Peru, northern Chile, the big island of Hawaii and various locations in the Caribbean.
This strategic system will fill a requirement for the emerging markets of Central and South America providing connectivity to the NAP of Americas (Miami, Florida), Asia Pacific region, Australia and New Zealand via Hawaii. Hawaii is a mid-Pacific hub or inter-connect point for many submarine cable systems. SAPL will provide a direct, low latency route to Hawaii and open a previously untapped trans-Pacific market between Central and South America (including diverse routes for Brazil).

South America Pacific Link, Inc.


Hawaii is a Pacific hub where the SAPL system will inter-connect with other submarine cable systems and provide connectivity to major PoPs in Asia, Australia, New Zealand and the US
Oahu, Hawaii Cable Systems:
  • Hawaiki Cable (RFS 2018)
  • Sea-US
  • Southern Cross
  • Japan – US
  • Asia America Gateway (AAG)
  • Telstra Endeavour
  • American Samoa – Hawaii (ASH)
  • Honotua
Panama Onward Connectivity
Onward connectivity via SAPL Caribbean Express (SAPL CX):
  • 4 Fiber Pairs
  • 100Gbit/s
  • East Coast US
  • NAP of the Americas
  • Diverse Panama terrestrial routes

SAPL Base Configuration –


Future Proofed Technology:

  • 8QAM technology on segments 1 & 2

  • QPSK technology on segment 3


Day one system design capacity of:

  • 15Tbit/s per fiber pair on segments 1 & 2

  • 12 Tbit/s per fiber pair on segment 3


Future connectivity via strategically located Branching Units


Approximate distance and expected latency (RTD):

  • Oahu (Hawaii) - Balboa (Panama): 9,200km / 91ms


Approximate distance and expected latency (RTD):

  • Balboa (Panama) - Santiago (Chile): 5,000km /53 ms


Turn-key supplier:

  • Alcatel-Lucent (ASN)

SAPL Key Features -


  • Opens new markets - South America to Asia Pacific, Australia, & New Zealand via Hawaii interconnects

  • Lowest trans-Pacific latency for South America (inc. Brazil), Central America and the Caribbean region

  • Connectivity between Hawaii, West Coast of South America, Central America and the US East Coast

  • Diverse path for South America to the US West Coast via Hawaii interconnects

  • Lowest latency between Panama to NAP of the Americas (Miami)

  • Proven supplier selected for turnkey supply and installation

  • Day one design capacity of 15Tbit/s per fiber pair on segments 1 & 2. 12Tbit/s per fiber pair on segment 3.

  • Future-proofed 8QAM technology on segments 1 & 2, QPSK technology on segment 3.

  • Robust design: 1.5 meter burial to 1,500 meter water depth, up armoring

SAPL Key Partners -

  • Alcatel-Lucent (ASN) turn-key Supplier: Alcatel-Lucent Submarine Networks leads the industry in terms of capacity and installed based with more than 575,000 km of optical submarine cables/systems deployed worldwide. From traditional telecom to new Oil & Gas applications, ASN provides every part of a global undersea transmission network, all tailored to the customer’s needs. An extensive service portfolio completes its comprehensive offering for the submarine business, including project management, installation and commissioning and marine operations and maintenance performed by its fleet of seven cable ships.

  • Natixis - Natixis, the corporate, investment, insurance, and financial services arm of Groupe BPCE, the second-largest banking group in France, is supporting Ocean Networks Inc. (“Ocean”) as it develops the South America Pacific Link (“SAPL”) submarine cable system. Natixis will be leveraging its extensive experience in financing and advising telecom projects, acting as financial advisor to Ocean as it looks to raise equity and debt financing over the coming months. Natixis is rated A2/A/A by Moody’s, Standard & Poor’s, and Fitch, respectively, and is a leading project finance advisor and lender in the Americas and worldwide. It ranks #9 in advisory mandates won in the Americas, #10 in mandated lead arranger roles in the Americas, and #10 global mandated lead arranger for project finance by Thomson Reuters for 2014. Natixis’ dedicated Telecom & Aerospace team combines strong project finance expertise with an established and internationally recognized track record as financial advisor for equity raising and debt structuring for top-ranking telecom operations.

  • Ocean Specialists, Inc. (OSI) is a leading subsea cable consulting and advisory firm for telecommunications network solutions. OSI provides full turnkey network development services for subsea fiber optic networks, ranging from commercial and economic feasibility analysis, to the planning, design, implementation and operation of end-to-end components. OSI has completed over 200 subsea network projects across the telecom, oil and gas, and scientific industries in all regions of the world. For more information:

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