China Unicom Group to manage submarine cable between Brazil and Cameroon

6 October 2017

The China Unicom telecommunications group is awaiting authorisation to build the South Atlantic Inter-Link (SAIL) submarine cable receiving station in Fortaleza, the capital of the Brazilian state of Recife, according to Brazilian website tele.sintese.

The heads of the group, which a few days ago opened a representative office in Brazil, also said their office will be responsible for the management of SAIL business, which will link Brazil to Cameroon in West Africa.

The submarine cable will be built by Huawei Marine, a subsidiary of the Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd. group, will be 6,000 kilometres long and have a bandwidth of 32 Tbps (terabits per second). It is scheduled to start operating in the second half of 2018.

The China Unicom group has a stake in or controls a total of 26 long-distance cables around the world, of which 15 are submarine cables. The Brazil-Africa link will connect to 11 terrestrial cables that the company has that cross the Middle East.

If the cable is completed on schedule, Brazil will have two direct connections with Africa in 2018, as the South Atlantic Cable System (SACS) of Angola Cables is scheduled to be operational in the third quarter of the year and will link Luanda, in Angola, to Fortaleza.

The tele.síntese website also reported that executives of the Chinese group that on Monday participated in the Brazil-China Forum said they intend to strengthen the commercial relationship with Brazil in the telecommunications sector. (macauhub)