Submarine network provider Huawei Marine Networks has announced a partnership with Belize Telemedia Limited (BTL) to build an undersea cable system connecting Belize’s mainland with the island of San Pedro, Belize’s largest and fastest growing tourist area.
The undersea cable, named Strategic Evolution Underwater Link (SEUL), is a key piece to BTL's promise to modernize its mobile and landline network to significantly improve broadband connectivity and quality across the country. The modernization project includes deploying LTE (4G) mobile service and fiber to residential and business buildings (FTTX) in San Pedro.
“What the cable does is that the cable connects our terrestrial network to San Pedro and will allow us a company to deliver the type of data and speeds that customers in San Pedro want and need,” commented Anwar Barrow, Chair, Executive Committee - BTL to Belize City media. “So this project is important in terms of not only the commercial implications for BTL, the ability for the resorts and the customers on San Pedro to have a better experience, but also for the people visiting Belize and therefore it's important for the country. With better connectivity, there are better opportunities. It positions San Pedro even more in the space to grow."
The undersea cable will span 24 kilometers, with 40 channels at 100G per fibre over 8-fibre pairs, delivering speeds of up to 32 Tbps. Huawei said the $13Mil project is scheduled to start this summer, with an expected completion date in the second quarter of 2017.
Earlier this year Huawei and BTL announced that work was underway to roll out a BZE 40 million nationwide 4G LTE network, expected to launch commercially in December. BTL said the network will provide users with speeds and a quality of service higher than that of any operator within Belize or throughout the Caribbean & Central American region.
"We have made it our mission to put Belize in the top three in the region in terms of connectivity and broadband speeds. The Strategic Evolution Underwater Link is another step in achieving our goal, along with the build out of nationwide 4G LTE," said Anwar Barrow, Chairman of the BTL Executive Committee. "Once again we turn to our technology partner Huawei and Huawei Marine for their experience and expertise on this undersea cable project.”