The ANACOM stressed the need to establish a new submarine cable system between the Portuguese mainland and Madeira and the Azores, as the existing Columbus III and Atlantis 2 have the service life of 2024-25 years.
The Columbus III Submarine Cable System started production in 1999 and linked to Portugal and the United States. It was upgraded in 2009 at a rate of 320 Gbit/s, via Spain and Italy, with a total length of 9,900 km.insulting cable filling gel
The Atlantis-2 submarine cable system was commissioned in 2000, connecting Argentina, Brazil, Senegal, Cape Verde, the Canary Islands and Portugal. It is also the first transoceanic submarine cable system connecting Latin America and the African continent, with a total length of 12,000 km. The current rate reaches 160 Gbit/s.communication cable filling gel
Regulatory agency ANACOM said that the Portuguese state must determine a strategic direction involving the central government and two regional governments, mobilizing EU funds to build the submarine cables.filling compound for optical fiber loose tube