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Level 3 and EMCALI Join Hands to Bring Enhanced Internet Connectivity to Colombia

March 20, 2014

Level 3 and EMCALI Join Hands to Bring Enhanced Internet Connectivity to Colombia



By Jayashree Adkoli
TMCnet Contributor



In an effort to improve communications services in the Colombian Pacific region, Level 3 Communications (News - Alert), Inc., a communications services provider, in partner with EMCALI (Empresas Municipales de Cali), a state-owned utilities services company in Cali, Colombia, announced the construction of a new cable that will connect Colombia to its international network.


Level 3 operates its own fiber networks on three continents, in more than 60 countries and connected by undersea facilities. According to the company, it owns over 170,000 kilometers (km) of intercity routes (110,000 miles); 58,000 km of metro routes (36,000 miles); 53,000 km (33,000 miles) of undersea routes with over 500 on-net markets.

EMCALI provides electricity, aqueduct, sewage, and telecommunications services to the cities of Cali, Yumbo, Jamund and Palmira at the Valle del Cauca District.

Believed to enhance Internet connectivity in Colombia, the new cable infrastructure announced by Level 3 covers both undersea cabling as well as terrestrial cabling infrastructures.

The terrestrial segment of the cable is being constructed in partnership with EMCALI, which will use capacity over Level 3's undersea cable network to connect the country directly from Cali to major cities in the Americas, such as, New York, Los Angeles, Mexico City, Santiago de Chile, Buenos Aires and Sao Paulo.

Apart from connecting the country to major cities in the Americas, the new route announced will also provide enhanced connectivity to cities in Asia and Europe. It will also facilitate for an infrastructure platform for other telecommunications industry projects and initiatives, such as the Vive Digital Program.

The Vive Digital Program will facilitate Colombia to increase the number of Internet connections by fourfold through its Fiber National Project.

Rodrigo Guerrero, Mayor of Cali, said in a statement, "We are proud to work with two major telecommunications companies to invest in the continued growth of the Colombian Pacific region and enhance the communications services for our people. We are confident that this project will increasingly benefit the industrial development of our cities, the country and the region as a whole."

According to sources, the subsea route of the new connection is believed to enhance Colombia's International connectivity through the addition of a Pacific submarine cable connecting Colombia, and by removing the reliance on traditional connectivity via the Caribbean Coast.

The new submarine cable from Level 3 will create an efficient alternative route to meet the country's increasing demand for reliable and secure communications services using a new and unique landing point, said the company.

Consequently, Cali will be in a position to become a development hub for the region being an inland city with direct international connectivity via the new undersea cable.

Oscar Pardo, managing director of Emcali, said in a statement, "Our collaboration with Level 3 on this project fits perfectly into our strategic regional plan and focuses resources on each company's core business. Additionally, the importance of the U.S.-Colombia FTA (Free Trade Agreement) and the Pacific Alliance make EMCALI the ideal partner to join with Level 3 on this project, highlighting EMCALI as a leader in providing telecommunications services for the region and countrywide." 




Edited by Cassandra Tucker
 
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