Internet: Africa, South America to be linked by subsea cable

Africa and South America will from now on be linked by a South Atlantic Cable System (SACS). The first direct link between the two continents will see a subsea cable with 40 Tbps of capacity installed and extended more than 6 500 km from the Angolan coastal town of Quissama to Fortaleza in Brazil, reports from the capital Luanda said this week.

Construction work of the SACS, which is being undertaken by NEC Corporation, has already begun in Quissama.

The official launch of the project took place on Wednesday in the Southern African nation and was hosted by Angola Cables.

The installation of this SACS is considered as a strategic project for Angola to advance the region’s digital economy and to improve global communications.

Upon its completion, the network will boost the country’s internet associated elements such as data centres and Internet Exchange Points.

Some experts believe the project constitutes a paradigm shift in Angola and Africa’s telecommunications sector.
“For Angolans, the time to access content available in America – the largest centre for the production and aggregation of digital content and services – will improve fivefold,” António Nunes, CEO of Angola Cables, said.

“Currently it takes approximately 300 milliseconds to connect between Angola and Brazil. With SACS, the latency – the time lag between a data packet being sent and received – is expected to be reduced to approximately 60 milliseconds.”

Angola is becoming one of the telecommunications hubs in sub-Saharan Africa,” Nunes added.

“Current cable systems, such as WACS, together with the SACS and Monet cables systems – complemented by local data centers – will improve connectivity, but also economically benefit Angola and the surrounding regions as tech companies requiring high connectivity establish and grow their operations in Africa.”

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