The South Atlantic Cable System (SACS), the first-ever telecommunications cable to directly link South America and Afrika, has made landfall in Fortaleza, Brazil. This, as it nears completion and gets ready for testing before becoming publicly available.
The SACS undersea cable will have an initial capacity of 40Tbps (100Gbps x 100 wavelength x 4 pairs of fiber) and it is expected to be fully operational by the third quarter of 2018.
Left to right: Moroni Torgan: Deputy Mayor of Fortaleza, Manuel Homem: Angolan Secretary of State for Information and Technology, António Nunes: CEO of Angola Cables, Inácio Arruda: Secretary of Science, Technology and Higher Education of Ceará, Camilo Santana: Governor of Ceará, César Ribeiro: Secretary of Economic Development of Ceará.
António Nunes, CEO of Angola Cables (the company behind SACS) expressed how important a strategic milestone the landfall was for them, Angola and Afrika at large by saying that "it will be the first direct link between the Americas and the Afrikan continent, offering a faster routing with higher capacity.”
Once installation of the 6,300km submarine cable is completed, SACS will be able to offer latency of approximately 63 milliseconds between South America and Afrika. This will be an improvement in performance when compared to the current link which has a latency of approximately 350 milliseconds.
“Once SACS has been fully commissioned, we will see a significant improvement in communications and content sharing between Angola, African countries and the Americas. With SACS, the delay in transporting digital content, known as latency, will be reduced fivefold, from the current 350 thousandths of a second to just over 60 thousandths of a second. Investments made by Angola Cables and its partners in underwater cable systems, such as the West African Cable System (WACS) and Monet – connecting North and South America – combined with other investments in terrestrial infrastructure such as data centers, is opening up global communications networks. It is also reorienting worldwide internet traffic and is effectively positioning Angola as a telecommunications hub in sub-Saharan Africa." concluded Nunes.
Cover image credit: SACS makes landfall: The South Atlantic Cable System (SACS) between Africa and South America makes landfall at Fortaleza on the Brazilian coast.