Claro and Telxius announced recently the landing of the South Pacific Submarine Cable (SPSC) or ‘Mistral’ in Peru. Mistral is Telxius' commercial name of the South Pacific Submarine Cable (SPSC). The SPSC/Mistral cable system is a new high-capacity fiber optic submarine cable, which runs along the Latin American Pacific coast to link up Guatemala, Ecuador, Peru and Chile and which provides a direct connection with servers available in the United States.

South Pacific Submarine Cable (SPSC) /Mistral
South Pacific Submarine Cable (SPSC) /Mistral Cable, Source: Telxius


This South Pacific Submarine Cable (SPSC) /Mistral project is carried out jointly by Claro and Telxius and supplied by Subcom. The SPSC/Mistral cable spans approximately 7,300 kilometers, provides greater transmission capacity (72 Tbps) and redundancy to Peru.

With the SPSC/Mistral, Claro and Telxius bring new submarine cable infrastructure to Peru after nearly 20 years.

The SPSC/Mistral has been designed as an infrastructure capable of evolving at the pace of technology, thus enabling the growing demand for Internet, data and content services in Peru to be met. This cable is expected to be ready for service by mid-2021 and will enable millions of Peruvians to enjoy a better connectivity experience with higher capacity, lower latency and higher availability for their internet connections.

Thanks to the high capacity of this submarine cable, Claro’s transmission network in Peru will be strengthened, enhancing enterprise cloud services, as well as the delivery of services such as Claro TV, Claro Music and Claro 4G to more than 12.7 million customers. 

The SPSC/Mistral complements the AMX-1 submarine cable, which currently links the United States to Central America, Colombia and Brazil under the waters of the Atlantic Ocean, forming a robust telecommunications network.

Additionally, Telxius has six more cables connecting Latin America:

  • SAm-1, a 25,000 km fiber-optic cable ring circumnavigating Latin America; and on the Atlantic coast
  • Brusa, a 11,000-km submarine cable system linking Virginia Beach (USA) with San Juan (Puerto Rico), Fortaleza (Brazil) and Rio de Janeiro (Brazil);
  • Junior, connects Santos to Rio de Janeiro and seamlessly interconnects with Brusa in Rio de Janeiro 
  • Tannat, linking Santos with Las Toninas (Argentina)
  • Pacific Caribbean Cable System (PCCS), runs from Ecuador to Jacksonville (Florida)
  • Unisur, links Las Toninas (Argentina) with Maldonado (Uruguay).

These multiple submarine connections are complemented by geographically diverse terrestrial backhaul connections, linking both oceans, thus providing greater robustness to the network in case of service disruptions.