Angola and Brazil connected by submarine fibre-optic telecommunications cable

12 February 2018

The submarine fibre-optic telecommunication cable, which will connect Angola to South America, arrived this month at the port of Pecém, in Fortaleza, Brazil, some 6,200 kilometres from Angola, Angola Cables said.

The Angolan company also said French ship, the René Descartes, docked on 4 February in Fortaleza, carrying the submarine cable that will connect Angola to Brazil and known as the SACS (South Atlantic Cable System).

The ship sailed from Luanda on 26 December 2017 and the submarine cable is placed at a depth of 1.5 metres in shallow water and 7,000 metres in high seas to avoid possible damage from passing ships.

Angola Cables said that the SACS cable should start operating during the first half of 2018.

The cable, which is 6,200 kilometres long, connects Luanda (Angola) to Fortaleza (Brazil), and is made up of four fibre pairs, with a data transmission capacity of 40 Tbps (terabits per second). (macauhub)