The fibre-optic undersea South Atlantic Cable System (SACS) that will link Luanda, Angola, to Fortaleza, Brazil, will begin operating in July 2018 and lower the costs of access to telecommunication services, the SACS project manager said on Wednesday.
The project, an initiative of the Ministry of Telecommunications and Information Technologies in partnership with the Angola Cables company, will make Angola the first country to establish a submarine cable connection between Africa and South America, with a length of 6200 km.
Project manager Clementino Fernando said that besides linking the two continents by sea, the SACS will help make Angola a telecommunications hub for the African continent, assuring an Africa/USA/Europe traffic route via the fibre-optic West Africa Cable System (WACS), which links eleven African and three European countries.
“Plans call for installation of the SACS to be completed in the first quarter of 2018. In June of that same year the Japanese group NEC will transfer the infrastructure to the managing entity Angola Cables,” he added, cited by Angop news agency.
The submarine cable will be laid at depths of up to 7 km in the deep sea, avoiding damage that might result from shipping and marine resources, Fernando said.
The ceremonial initial laying of fibre-optic cable in water was carried out by Angolan Telecommunications and Information Technologies Minister José Carvalho da Rocha and witnessed by Science and Technologies Minister Cândida Teixeira and the Governor of Brazil’s Ceará state, Camilo Santana.
Minister Carvalho da Rocha said on the occasion that the installation of this submarine cable will help attract investment to Angola, given the improved speed and quality of services that the infrastructure should provide to the telecoms sector. (Macauhub)