Catalonia starts the works for the digital port of optical fiber submarine cables. The Catalan company AFR-IX Telecom leads the project. The Generalitat will invest an initial 800,000 euros.
Sant Adrià del Besòs beach (Barcelona) will host the new digital infrastructure that will act as an entry port for high-capacity fiber optic submarine cables.
The works of the project have already begun so that the infrastructure is operational in 2022 and is effective as a gateway and link for cables from Asia, Africa and the Mediterranean that want to connect with the US by the fastest possible route.
Barcelona Cable Landing Station, as the infrastructure is called, is a project led by the Catalan company AFR-IX Telecom, and has an initial public investment of 800,000 euros.
During a visit to the works, the Minister for Digital Policies, Jordi Puigneró, highlighted that its implementation could increase Catalonia’s GDP by between 2% and 4% in the next four years , and generate 50,000 workers in the field of the digital economy, up to 200,000 jobs.
Currently, in the Mediterranean, Marseille brings together the arrival of the largest number of submarine fiber optic cables and a saturation and the need for other landing stations such as Barcelona is becoming evident.
According to the latest available Submarine Cable Map data, there are some 400 submarine cables in operation worldwide , representing a volume of more than 1.2 million km of cable.