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History of the Atlantic Cable & Undersea Communications
from the first submarine cable of 1850 to the worldwide fiber optic network

1960 FLORICO Cable

STC - Puerto Rico Project 1959

The route was West Palm Beach, Florida - San Juan, Puerto Rico, and the cable was laid by CS Monarch (4) under charter. The system was installed as a twin cable, as TAT-1 had been a few years earlier.

Simplex Wire & Cable Co manufactured 1200 nm. of the cable, and STC (Standard Telephones & Cables Ltd.) a further 715 nm. Norddeutsche Seekabelwerke also manufactured cable for the project, and Western Electric supplied 30 flexible repeaters for each of the twin cables.

The cable owners were AT&T and Radio Corporation of Puerto Rico (a member of the ITT group of companies). The cable was withdrawn from service in 1984.

Cable sample image courtesy of and copyright © 2006 David Smith

Copyright © 2007 FTL Design

Last revised: 21 February, 2008

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