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Chile-China Submarine Cable: Huawei Provides Three Possible Paths

Number of visits: Date:2018-06-22
According to Pamela Gidi, head of the Subtelector de Telecomunicaciones (Subtel) in Chile, Chile is willing to cooperate with other countries in building a 24,000-kilometer submarine cable system connecting South America and China.
Earlier, French Polynesia also expressed its strong interest in joining the submarine cable system.
In June 2017, Subtel revealed that the technical feasibility study conducted by Chinese supplier Huawei has been completed. The study provided three feasible routes to connect China to Shanghai and Chile to Valparaiso via Juan Fernandez, Auckland, New Zealand and Sydney, Australia; to China through Juan Fernandez, Easter Island and Tahiti (French Polynesia) Shanghai and Valparaiso, Chile; Chile, Punta Arenas, Chile, and Shanghai, China via Auckland, New Zealand.
According to reports, this was called the Pan-Pacific Submarine Cable System originally proposed in February 2016 when it was visited by the then Chilean Telecommunications Minister Pedro Huichalaf. Since then, Chilean President Michelle Bachelet once again proposed to build this system when he visited China in May 2017.
According to the plan, the submarine cable system has a total length of approximately 20,000-24,000 kilometers and costs approximately US$5.5-6.5 billion.

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