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Brazil announces its participation in the submarine cable that will link Chile and South America with Asia and Oceania

Thursday, May 13, 2021

This morning Brazil made official its participation in the submarine fiber optic cable project that will link Chile and South America with Asia and Oceania, through the South Pacific. The announcement was made by the Minister of Foreign Affairs of that country, Carlos Alberto Franco França, in a videoconference with the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Chile, Andrés Allamand; the Minister of Transport and Telecommunications of Chile, Gloria Hutt, and the Minister of Communications of Brazil, Fábio Faria.

"The accession of Brazil gives this project a definite boost. Not only because the volume of traffic that Brazil contributes is fundamental for the economic viability, but also because its participation is also fundamental for the political viability of this project," said Foreign Minister Allamand, who added that the initiative "is extraordinarily significant for the Regional integration. Joined by Argentina, we are three countries participating in this project, and we hope that Uruguay, Paraguay, and later, Bolivia will join. This project creates a closeness between South America and the entire Asia Pacific and the Indo-Pacific, an area of ​​enormous economic advance, sustained growth, advanced technology, and expansion of its middle classes, where two of the most populated powers are found, such as China and India, and which represent a natural destination for exports from our region."

For her part, the Minister of Transport and Telecommunications, Gloria Hutt, pointed out that "if we want Chile to successfully face the challenges that the digital revolution will bring with it with future high-speed networks such as 5G, we have to significantly increase the capacity of digital fiber optic highways that connect us with other countries and continents. For this reason, the Humboldt cable will be a great work of digital infrastructure, since it consolidates our country as the Digital Hub of Latin America." She added that "the incorporation of Brazil to this project demonstrates the relevance of high-capacity connectivity, giving way to the creation of a digital market that will be able to serve more than 600 million users."

Meanwhile, the Undersecretary of Telecommunications, Pamela Gidi, said that "regional digital integration is key to the success of the Humboldt submarine cable that will link Chile and South America with Asia and Oceania, through the South Pacific, so it is Excellent news that Brazil, a country that has more than half the demand for data in Latin America, has decided to join its ownership. This initiative will boost the digital economy, new technologies, and telecommunications in Chile and the rest of the countries of the southern cone."

It should be noted that the ratification of the Brazilian participation in the Humboldt cable project, which joins that of Argentina and other neighboring and sister countries, Chile and South America in general, take one of the biggest steps towards digitization and modernization in the region.