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Chile to study trans-Pacific cable to connect South America with Asia

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By Dave Sherwood and Natalia A Ramos Miranda

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I’m guessing there’s not enough network traffic demand for a new dedicated Asia - South America cable.

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There are several cables but none directly to Tokyo, Hong Kong, China. With new trade agreements, banking, it would also provide income for Chile if used by other South American countries.

You can never have enough cables.

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AWS in Chile to provide services to Asia ? Don't think so. Simple Physics dictates latency and that won't work here.

Also 3 million US$ for the Feasibility study... seems a huge waste of resource capital. Sounds like someone is ripping them off big time.

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"Technically speaking" what @Zichi says is correct in terms of the way the internet is designed. The more routes you have between two end-points the better resilience. It's just a matter of what you're willing to accept in terms of how long it takes to send/receive between those end points.

https://www.livescience.com/20727-internet-history.html

Earthquakes are renown for effecting internet connectivity between regions:

https://www.theregister.co.uk/2006/12/27/boxing_day_earthquake_taiwan/

https://www.newscientist.com/article/mg19325852-300-earthquake-shakes-the-internet/

Online Gamer's are particularly sensitive to latency issues, and will often complain about "ping" times.

So, perhaps the real demand for such a direct link between Asia and South American, is to encourage data center shadowing - but with the growing power of the European GDPR one has to wonder whether this is rapidly becoming an outdated requirement.

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AWS in Chile to provide services to Asia ? Don't think so. Simple Physics dictates latency and that won't work here.

An AWS in Chile is likely to provide services to South America

("Both Chile and Argentina are vying for Amazon's investment.")

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@lostrune - exactly the point I'm making. It does not need a direct link to Asia but simply a reliable datacenter that can service the region.

This is a bit troubling though... Power cut to Hospitals in order to provide continued power for the Amazon Data Centers... will be a news-story of the future.

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