Gran Canaria and the 2030 World Cup: submarine cables with 5G for transmissions


The island of Gran Canaria is one of the candidates for be a sub-host of the 2030 World Cup and FIFA evaluates many aspects such as the water footprint, the sustainability of the destination or the connectivity of audiovisual media. Certainly in 2024, a cable connecting the West African islands will begin, which, in turn, will connect from the Canary Islands to Europe. This guarantee low latency and quality of audiovisual signals.

This is one of the most important aspects along with the investment of 79 million euros carried out by the Insular Sports Institute of the Cabildo de Gran Canaria in the Stadium that will host the FIFA championship in the Canary Islands.

According to the Submarine Telecoms Forum, between 2016 and 2020, the Atlantic zone experienced moderate capacity growth, with a compound annual growth of 16%. Expected by 2025 the total capacity will grow to around 1,000 additional Tbpswhile the illuminated capacity is between 300 and 600 Tbps.

The island of Gran Canaria offers telecommunications network performance optimization and latency reductionthe development of 5G technology and increase the capacity and quality of connections. With this new technology, which will start in Gran Canaria, data traffic is guaranteed for decades to come.

Through technologies, Fiber reaches 92.1% coverage in the Canary Islands compared to 89.9% nationwide, while 5G coverage (combined 5G NR and 5g DSS, with features similar to 4G) in the archipelago is 75.5% compared to a footprint of 82.4% across Spain , according to the Canary Islands Telecommunications and Information Society Observatory of the Government of the Canary Islands.

On the islands Telefónica has three submarine cables, two connect Cádiz to Tenerife via Sardina de Gáldar (PENCAN 6 and PENCAN 8) and the third (PENCAN 7) to Gran Canaria. The latter two were expanded in 2015 using 100G technology. Canalink has a system of two cables connecting Tenerife and Gran Canaria to Cádiz; has one of these cables a branch connecting Moroccowhich is one of the countries hosting the championship along with Spain and Portugal.

The island of Gran Canaria is connected to the WACS system (West African Cable System), a consortium with the participation of Vodafone. Furthermore, in December 2023 it was connected, through a link promoted by Vodafone and Canalinkin the 2Africa system, which is scheduled to be operational by mid-2024.

In Morocco, steps are already being taken with fiber optics but the Canary Islands are not reached. The Moroccan telecommunications group Itissalat Al Maghrib (Maroc Telecom), for example, is invested 150 million euros in 2023 in the construction of a new submarine fiber optic cable.

Alcatel Submarine Network, Vodafone, Orante, Telefónica… The West Africa cable has a length of 9,414 kilometers, the cable consists of two sections. He The Southern segment connects Morocco with Ivory Coast, Togo, Benin, Gabon and Mauritania through seven landing points on a route of 8,600 kilometers. Provides 20 Tb/s capacity expandable to 40 Tb/s. The northern side connecting Casablanca to Lisbon (Portugal), another of the organizing countrieswith a length of 814 kilometers, with a capacity of 60 Tb/s.

The construction and deployment of the new submarine cable extension will be carried out by Alcatel Submarine Network, while the The 2Africa consortium is an association of major global operatorsThese include Facebook and Vodafone.

Security. The Government will take measures to protect underwater telecommunications cables, through which almost 99% of digital information passes, as indicated by the director of the Department of National Security of the Presidency of the Government, Loreto Gutierrezwho appeared before the Joint Congress-Senate Commission on National Security to explain the general lines of action of his department, which focused on goals such as protection of submarine telecommunications cables.

Source: La Verdad


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