Undersea cable to link Brazil and Angola

26 March 2012

Brazilian companies Telebras and Angola Cables Friday in Brasilia signed an agreement to lay an undersea cable between the Brazilian city of Fortaleza and the Angolan capital, Luanda, which may start operating in the first half of 2014, the Angolan press reported.

The cable, which will be 6,000 kilometres long, is expected to reduce the cost of data traffic between South America, Africa, and Asia by 80 percent, as currently all data currently has to pass through the United States and Europe.

The chairman of Telebras, Caio Bonilha, said that the international tender for the cable would be launched next June at the latest, and that the Brazilian state company had set aside 119 million reals for projects related to undersea cables in 2012.

“It is a cable that will have a lot of demand, mainly because it will be the first undersea cable in the South Atlantic linking the two continents,” said the chairman of the executive commission of Angola Cables, António Nunes. (macauhub)