The data centre that the Angola Cables company started to build in Fortaleza, the Brazilian state of Ceará, is expected to start operating in the first quarter of 2018, said executive president António Nunes.
This centre, where the company will invest 72 million reais (US$22.1 million), will be connected to the receiving station for SACS and Monet submarine cables, with the latter expected to start operating at the end of the year and SACS only at the end of 2018.
António Nunes, laying the first stone of the building on Monday, said that the data centre will have an area of 3,000 square metres just for information technology equipment and added that it will serve for the development of a digital economy In the entire region of the Brazilian Northeast and, through Fortaleza, to establish international connections.
The governor of Ceará, Camilo Santana, said that the building will house one of the largest data centres in Latin America, with connections to Europe, Africa and North America, “and there is no doubt that it will open the doors of Fortaleza to the world.”
The global project with receiving stations and submarine cables has an estimated cost of US$300 million, and financing has been guaranteed by the Angolan government and made available by Banco de Desenvolvimento de Angola (BDA).
The SACS (South Atlantic Cable System) is a 40 terabit per second (Tbps) transatlantic submarine cable linking Africa to Brazil (Luanda to Fortaleza), with a 24-Tbps submarine cable linking Brazil to the United States (Santos, Fortaleza and Miami). (macauhub)