Angola linked to Brazil by submarine cable in February

29 January 2018

The first submarine cable to establish a link between Africa and South America is expected to reach the coast of Brazil, namely Fortaleza, Ceará State, in the first few days of February, Angola Cables chairman António Nunes said.

The chairman of the company said that the submarine cable known as SACS (South Atlantic Cable System), stretching over 6,500 kilometres, will allow the countries of South America to communicate with Europe without having to go through the United States and that African countries can reach the United States without having to go through Europe.

“The SACS project represents a unique platform to build a South-South network on a global scale,” said Nunes, quoted by the trade press.

The SACS submarine cable will have four fibre optic pairs with a capacity of 40 Tbps (terabits per second). It will start operating in the third quarter of 2018 and will have a waiting time of 63 milliseconds, which compares with 350 milliseconds using the current Angola-Europe-Brazil route.

The company also reported that the construction of the Fortaleza data and reception centre is on target to meet its scheduled deadlines.

Angola Cables is an Angolan telecommunications company founded in 2009 that operates in the wholesale market and is dedicated to the exploration and sale of international voice and data circuits capacity in the WACS (West Africa Cable System), MONET and SACS submarine cables. (macauhub)