Japanese group NEC Corporation will provide the system to build a submarine cable between Angola and Brazil, under the terms of a contract signed Tuesday in Luanda with local company Angola Cables.
The project, called the South Atlantic Cable System or SACS, has an estimated cost of US$160 million dollars and will connect the onshore station in Sangano, near the Angolan capital, and a data centre in Fortaleza, Brazil over a distance of about 6,000 kilometres.
In order to respond to increasing demands in terms of Internet access, mobile and businesses services crossing the South Atlantic, the undersea fibre optic cable will have an initial capacity of 40 terabits per second.
Construction of the cable is expected to begin later this year and it should become operational in the fourth quarter of 2016.
The chief executive of Angola Cables, António Nunes told the Angolan news agency Angop that with this project, Angola would be able to attract large international telecom operators.
Angola Cables is an Angola-registered telecommunications company, founded in 2009 by five major telecom operators in Angola. It focuses on selling bandwidth for international voice and data circuits via fibre optic cable. (macauhub/AO)