Angola Cables has taken step closer to completion of the South Atlantic Cable System (SACS) when they launched in Sangano, Angola on 10 August 2017. This is the first ever direct link between Afrika and South America.
SACS is a 40 Tbps cable - 6,165 km in length - with four fibre pairs that will connect Luanda in Angola to Fortaleza in Brazil. Earlier in 2017, Angola Cables announced the completion of the marine survey for SACS.
"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," said António Nunes, CEO of Angola Cables.
Each fibre pair in the SACS cable is capable of transmitting 100 wavelengths with a bandwidth of 100Gbit/s. The SACS system is being constructed by NEC Corporation.
The launch event on 10 August 2017 was attended by José Carvalho da Rocha, the Angolan Minister of Telecommunications and Technologies, local and international business leaders, as well as the shareholders and guests of Angola Cables.
"Angola is becoming one of the telecommunications hubs in sub-Saharan Africa. 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," added Nunes.
With current telecommunications infrastructure it takes approximately 300 milliseconds to connect between Angola and Brazil. It is hoped that with SACS, the latency will drop to approximately 60 milliseconds.
"The installation of SACS represents the realization of a dream, a development that reflects our ability to find solutions and overcome challenges, always having in mind the final objective," concluded António Nunes.