Angola Cables and its partners have reported that the installation of the first direct cable link between Afrika and South America is nearing completion. The cables are expected to arrive in Brazil at the beginning of February 2018.

The South Atlantic Cable System (SACS) cable is expected to be fully operational some tin during the third quarter of 2018.

"From a global traffic perspective, the introduction of SACS between Angola and Brazil opens a new routing. South America will be able to reach Europe and Asia avoiding the USA and Africa will be able to reach the USA without linking through Europe. The SACS project presents a unique platform for us to build a South-South network configuration on a global scale," said António Nunes, CEO at Angola Cables.

Angola Cables launched SACS in Sangano, Angola on 10 August 2017, making it the first ever direct link between Afrika and South America. Later during November 2017, they announced that SACS will be expand and announced their presence in South Africa with a new Point of Presence (PoP) in Cape Town.

Construction works preparing for the landing station / data centre in Fortaleza, Brazil is also reported to be progressing well in preparation of the cable landing in February 2018. When the installation of the 6 300km submarine cable is completed, SACS will be able to offer a capacity of 40 Tbps, between South America and Afrika and a latency of approximately 63 milliseconds. This will be an improvement in performance when compared to the current link of approximately 350 milliseconds.

"SACS is a 'game changer'. It provides a catalyst and springboard for the expansion of Internet Exchange Points and related infrastructure investments. Through SACS, Southern Hemisphere countries will be more connected and in a better position to drive the development of the region's digital economy," concluded Nunes.