BNamericas reports that Cobian International Group has acquired the rights to the Caribbean undersea cable project that was being developed by the Trans-Caribbean Cable Company (TCCC) consortium. The CEO of Cobian International, Joanne Negron, told BNamericas that Cobian, through its wholly owned subsidiary Triton Telecom, is building an alternative submarine cable project – called Seahorse-1 – that will link Miami, Cacique in the Dominican Republic, and Isla Verde in Puerto Rico. According to Negron, TCCC’s Trans-Caribbean Cable Network (TCCN) project is now on hold while Cobian develops Seahorse, though Cobian may look at TCCN again once Seahorse is completed in 2011. ‘It is something we are going to discuss as we go along… It’s not dead but Seahorse-1 takes priority. One undersea cable at a time,’ she said. ‘Seahorse is more viable in that it is not the consortium model. Our customers will actually purchase their fibre pairs and purchase their capacity. They own their assets. We will not own anything more than the right to maintain, support and service it for the lifetime of the cable. So we remain carrier neutral and do not compete against our customers’. Seahorse-1 has a more direct route than that of TCCN; a first leg will run 1,900km from the NAP in Miami to Puerto Rico, and a second leg will run from Miami to the Dominican Republic. After that, a short link of 172km will join the two islands. Another leg will also eventually branch off the Miami-Puerto Rico link to Jamaica. Israeli networking infrastructure solutions provider ECI Telecom is supplying the infrastructure, which will support up to 40Gbps per channel.