The U.S. Trade and Development Agency is hosting the Latin America Subsea Fiber Optic Cable Technologies  Reverse Trade Mission  March 1-10, 2020 to familiarize Argentine, 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 organizations, 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, data center, 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 Manager, at peseux@tuataragroup.com or at 301.335.1725.  Tuatara Group is the contractor organizing the RTM in partnership with DRG Undersea Consulting on behalf of USTDA.

Business Briefing

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, Argentina, 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 Technologies  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, participate in a roundtable discussion and have the opportunity to meet one-on-one with the delegates. 

Agenda  -  March 4, 2020

  9:00       Registration

  9:30       Welcome and Introductions

  9:45       Delegate Presentations followed by Q&A

11:00       Networking Break

11:30       Roundtable Discussion 

  1:00       Networking Lunch

  2:00       One-on-one Meetings  

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 

  • Participate in the industry roundtable


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   900 AM - 400 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


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. Argentina is  also planning several broadband projects to meet market demand. 

This visit expects to position U.S. providers in these markets, as well as assist Argentine, 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: 





Decision-makers representing the organizations supporting upcoming projects such as Chile's Undersecretariat of Telecommunications (“Subtel”) are currently being selected and will be listed here shortly. 

Current Areas of Interest:

  • cable system

    • design,

    • manufacturing,

    • installation,

    • regulation, 

    • technologies,

    • demand,

    • mitigating threats and maintaining security,

  • financing mechanisms and development  

  • Information and Communications Technology (ICT) related technologies including 5G, data center, and cybersecurity. 



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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