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Foreign Affairs Minister accompanies President Gabriel Boric in the presentation of the Humboldt Cable project, the first submarine fiber optic cable between South America and Asia-Pacific

Thursday, January 11th 2024

In Valparaiso, Foreign Affairs Minister Alberto van Klaveren accompanied the President of the Republic, Gabriel Boric, at the presentation of the Humboldt Cable project, the first submarine fiber-optic cable that will connect South America with Oceania and Asia.

With a route of more than 14,800 km between Valparaiso and Sydney, the project will increase the resilience of the telecommunications networks that connect Chile with the world, and will strengthen the country's position as a digital hub in the southern hemisphere and attract investment in the digital economy sector.
"This cable consolidates Chile's position as a hub of digital activity in South America, which will open up opportunities for new industries, jobs and better working and living conditions for thousands of people," the President commented, highlighting that it will be the first submarine network from south to south.

The Humboldt Cable project, the product of a public-private partnership between the State of Chile -through the public company Desarrollo País- and Google, will make the country a gateway for data from the Pacific to the continent and will have a capacity of 144 terabytes per second and a useful life of 25 years. In that way, data from Asia and Oceania will travel faster, with lower latency and greater autonomy, allowing the development of high technology tools.

The ceremony was attended by the Minister of Defense, Maya Fernández; the Minister of Transport and Telecommunications, Juan Carlos Muñoz; the Minister of Science, Technology, Knowledge and Innovation, Aisén Etcheverry; the ambassadors of Australia and the United States in Chile, Todd Mercer and Bernadette Meehan, respectively; the general manager of Desarrollo País, Patricio Rey; community authorities, parliamentarians and representatives of the business, scientific and academic worlds.