TMG and WFN Announce Launch of Humboldt Cable Strategic Partner Identification Phase
TMG Press Release
June 11, 2021
Arlington, VA – Awarded in September of 2019 by the Government of Chile, the Humboldt Submarine Cable Feasibility Study was a joint effort between Telecommunications Management Group, Inc. (TMG) and WFN Strategies, LLC (WFN).
TMG and WFN have been selected by the Fondo de Infraestructura, S.A. of Chile to assist in identifying a strategic partner for the Humboldt Submarine Cable System currently being promoted. TMG and WFN previously concluded the “Economic, technical, and legal feasibility study of the Submarine Cable project: “Asia-South America Digital Gateway” for the Undersecretary of Telecommunications of Chile.
TMG’s President, Janet Hernandez, noted that “TMG is honored to play a role in enabling this critical new communications link between South America and the Asia-Pacific region. We are excited to continue to work with the Government of Chile and WFN Strategies to improve connectivity options on both sides of the Pacific through the Humboldt cable.”
“WFN Strategies is pleased and proud to have been involved in this groundbreaking project,” said Wayne Nielsen, Managing Director of WFN. “We look forward to our next steps with partner TMG on the Humboldt submarine cable.”
Humboldt will be approximately 15,000 Kms in length and is the first submarine cable system to connect South America and Asia. The transpacific cable will have landing points in Valparaiso, Easter Island and San Juan Fernandez, Chile; Auckland, New Zealand; and Sydney, Australia and significantly enhance telecommunications between South America and the Asia-Pacific region.
TMG (www.tmgtelecom.com) provides customized assistance to a variety of clients in the ICT sector, including current projects enabling innovative technologies such as 5G, submarine cables systems, satellite broadband, over-the-top services, next generation Wi-Fi, and the Internet of Things. Our engagement on contemporary issues leverages nearly 30 years of experience across more than 100 countries advising private and public sector clients on matters including broadband plans, mobile services, and rural connectivity. TMG’s staff develops legal, regulatory, managerial, economic, and technical strategies focusing on issues related to broadband and ICTs, legal and regulatory reform, market analysis, licensing and tenders, and spectrum planning and management. The TMG team is well-known by stakeholders worldwide for its expertise and for delivering thoughtful strategies, detailed reports, sector insights, and capacity-building programs.
About WFN Strategies
WFN Strategies, LLC (wfnstrategies.com) plans, designs, engineers, and implements submarine optical cable systems for commercial, governmental, and offshore energy clients throughout the world, which have utilized repeatered and unrepeatered technologies, and have been transoceanic, regional, or festoon in scope. WFN Strategies possesses an ISO 9001:2015 accredited management system and ISO 27001:2013 InfoSec program for the implementation of submarine fiber cable systems, as well as is a recipient of President’s “E” Award for Exports. WFN Strategies has been involved with all aspects of implementing telecommunications systems and Information and Communications Technologies (ICT) – from feasibility studies through capital budgeting to engineering, purchasing, and installation to commissioning & testing.
With the deployment of the Asia-South America Digital Gateway, Chile aims to become a digital hub in South America and continue attracting investments in data centers and other digital infrastructure and services. To that end, Pamela Gidi, Vice-Minister of Telecommunications, stated that “Chile, in parallel, is holding conversations with different actors in the region who are interested in joining this initiative, which will have a high impact in South America.”