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The greatest revolution of Magallanes will arrive again by boat 500 years later

Five hundred years after the first of the ships of the Magellan expedition crossed the strait to which it gave its name, another ship will bring with it the greatest revolution in the area. the southernmost in the world, the region of Magallanes and the Chilean Antarctic, fiber optics.

Punta Arenas (Chile), Nov 18 (EFE) .- Five hundred years after the first of the ships of the Magellan expedition crossed the strait to which it gave its name, another ship will bring with it the greatest revolution to the southernmost area of ​​the world, the region of Magallanes and the Chilean Antarctic, fiber optic.

This revolution will come with a ship that will deploy, in January 2018, a submarine fiber optic cable of 16 terabits capacity that will start operating in 2020, when the 26 months planned for its construction and 500 years are completed of the passage of Hernando de Magallanes by the South end of the American continent.

The project, with an investment of 100 million dollars and a cable of 3,000 kilometers that will unite the city of Puerto Montt, in the region of Los Lagos, with Punta Arenas and Puerto Williams, in the region of Magallanes and the Chilean Antarctic, will be for this the greatest revolution in its history after which led to the discovery of the strait itself.

Despite its finding in 1520, the difficulties of navigating the strait and the bad weather of the area caused the history of the region did not begin until Chile made its takeover more than 300 years later, in 1843, when Fort Bulnes was established and, later, what would be its capital, Punta Arenas.

The city and the region began to progress thanks to the establishment of settlers and immigrants, especially French, English, Germans, and Spaniards.

And also for the the emergence of agriculture and livestock, especially sheep, its first economic revolution and the one that would mark the region until the middle of the 20th century.

At the same time, developed the hunting and trafficking of fine skins, as well as forestry, industries derived from livestock and whaling, and the exploitation of gold and gold deposits. coal, which would continue to increase the economy of the region and attract more immigrants, mostly Croats.

Although the economy began to decline in the 1920s, last century due to the opening of the Panama Canal and the crisis in the livestock sector, the region would develop again with the discovery of oil in Tierra del Fuego and the creation of oil terminals and extraction centers, as well as with the petrochemical industry.

At present, these same economic activities, which have revolutionized their history, will return to transform with the arrival of the most important of all, an optical fiber that will multiply the existing productive potential and allow to establish new ones, such as research.

Fiber optic will improve the connection of homes and businesses and will impact on tourism and agriculture, by allowing online weather information, in addition to increasing livestock sheep, fishing and salmon farming or services.

The project will also benefit areas such as telemedicine, by being able to diagnose diseases such as accidents at a distance. cerebrovascular; gateway to Antarctica and the construction of four research centers, will make in the area of ​​research, the Magallanes region also become one of the largest scientific poles of the world.

Thus, 500 years after the arrival of a ship, whose captain gave his name to the strait and the region, and a story to start, another will be it will leave a name or a history but a cable and the biggest revolution to the southernmost area of ​​the world, the region of Magallanes and the Chilean Antarctic.

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