The U.S. Trade and Development Agency is hosting the Latin America Subsea Fiber Optic Cable  Reverse Trade Mission  March 1-10, 2020 to familiarize Chilean and Ecuadorian telecommunications sector representatives with U.S. subsea and land-based fiber optic cable technologies and related infrastructure solutions to support upcoming subsea fiber optic cable, broadband and other ICT projects. 

The visit's itinerary includes meetings and site visits in Washington, DC 

(March 1-7) and New York, NY Metro Area (March 8 -10)  with subsea cable providers, developers, U.S. government agencies, regulators, financing organizations,  industry associations, and U.S. technology and equipment providers.  The delegation will tour a landing station and other related facilities. The visit will highlight  U.S. best practices in cable system design, manufacturing, installation, and regulation as well as the technologies, services, and financing mechanisms to support subsea cable project development and implementation.  Other key areas of interest include  5G technologies,  data centers, and cybersecurity technologies.

For More Information

To learn more about how your company can participate in this excellent business development opportunity, contact Pamela Peseux, RTM Project Manager, at peseux@tuataragroup.com or at 301.335.1725.  Tuatara Group is the contractor organizing the visit in partnership with DRG Undersea Consulting on behalf of USTDA.

Business Briefing - March 4, 2020

As part of the visit,  USTDA is hosting a Business Briefing for U.S. companies on Wednesday, March 4, 2020 at 9:00 AM at USTDA's Business Center in Arlington, VA.  Attending U.S. companies will learn about upcoming project opportunities in Chile  and Ecuador and have the opportunity to meet with the participating decision-makers. 


Opportunities in Latin American

Subsea Cable and ICT Projects  


As part of the Latin America Subsea Fiber Optic Cable Reverse Trade Mission, USTDA is hosting a business briefing for U.S. companies on March 4, 2020 at 9:00 AM at USTDA's Business Center in Arlington, VA. Attendees will learn about upcoming project opportunities and have the opportunity to meet briefly one-on-one with the delegates. 

Agenda  -  March 4, 2020

  9:00       Registration

  9:30       Welcome and Introductions

  9:45       Chile: Market and Project Updates

10:45      Networking Break

11:15       Ecuador: Market and Project Updates

12:15       Resources to Support U.S. Exports

12:30       Networking Lunch

  1:30       One-on-one Meetings  

  3:30       Close 

Attend the Business Briefing to: 

  • Learn about upcoming project opportunities  

  • Gain market intelligence 

  • Form new business partnerships

  • Meet one-on-one with key decision-makers

Download the List of Delegates, Their Biographies and Interest Areas


Business Briefing:

Opportunities in Latin American Subsea Cable and ICT Projects


USTDA Business Center

1101 Wilson Blvd, Suite. 1100,  Arlington, VA

Wednesday - March 4, 2020   9:00 AM - 3:30 PM


Advanced registration is required.

Registration includes a networking luncheon, the Business Briefing handbook, and an opportunity to schedule one-on-one meetings with the delegation. 

Register Here

Registration to this event is limited to U.S. individuals, U.S. firms, or U.S. consultants as defined by USTDA’s Nationality Source and Origin Requirements available on USTDA’s website at www.ustda.gov


The Government of Chile, through the Undersecretariat of Telecommunications (“Subtel”), is seeking to build a subsea fiber optic cable system to connect South America to Asia (“Puerta Digital Asia-Sudamerica Project”). Pre-feasibility studies have estimated the route distance to Asia at 12,000-15,000 miles, at a cost of approximately $500-$600 million. On the Western end, potential landing points for the Puerta Digital Asia-Sudamerica Project include Japan, Singapore, China and South Korea. On the South American end,  the new cable could connect over land, potentially to major economies such as Argentina and Brazil, providing increased e-commerce and digital connectivity to underserved markets. CAF-Development Bank of Latin America has provided $3 million in funding for a feasibility study on the Puerta Digital Asia-Sudamerica Project, and major foreign competitors have expressed interest in pursuing the project.


Other telecommunications providers are also pursuing subsea cable projects involving both Chile and Ecuador. 

This visit expects to position U.S. providers in these markets, as well as assist Chilean and Ecuadorian government decision-makers better understand U.S. best practices, capabilities,  and the range of factors that should be considered when selecting telecommunications service and technology providers.

For More Information: 





Undersecretariat of Telecommunications (Subtel) 

  • Natalia López, Head of Telecommunications Development Fund, Project Manager for Proyecto Puerta Digital (Delegation Lead)

  • Andrés Contreras, Technical Engineer

  • Sofia Moraga, Regulation Analyst, Regulatory Policy and Studies Division

  • Pablo Pérez, Cybersecurity Officer

  • Jesús Sarmiento, Legal Advisor, Legal Division

  • Jorge Campusano, Professional Advisor, Department of Market Studies, Regulatory Policy and Studies Division


Ministry of Telecommunications and Information Society (Mintel) 

  • Romel Iván Espinosa Reyes, Director of Supervision and Evaluation of Telecommunications Companies

Agency for the Regulation and Control of Telecommunications (ARCOTEL) 

  • Ricardo Augusto Freire Granja, Executive Director

​National Telecommunications Corporation (CNT EP)

  • Martha Moncayo, General  Manager

Download the List of Delegates, Their Biographies and Interest Areas

Delegation Areas of Interest:

  • Cable system

    • Design,

    • Manufacturing,

    • Installation,

    • Regulation, 

    • Technologies,

    • Demand,

    • Mitigating threats and maintaining security,

  • Information and Communications Technology (ICT) - related technologies including:

    • 5G technology,  

    • Data centers, 

    • Cybersecurity,

    • Broadband,

    • Internet of Things,

    • Artificial intelligence,

  • Financing mechanisms and development. 



The U.S. Trade and Development Agency helps companies create U.S. jobs through the export of U.S. goods and services for priority development projects in emerging economies. USTDA links U.S. businesses to export opportunities by funding project preparation and partnership building activities that develop sustainable infrastructure and foster economic growth in partner countries.

U.S. Trade & Development Agency 

1101 Wilson Boulevard

Suite 1100

Arlington, VA 22209

Phone: +1-703-875-4357



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