The first and fastest link between Afrika and South America is now open for commercial traffic. Owned by Angola Cables, the South Atlantic Cable System (SACS) has low latency and will provide a more direct routing for Internet traffic in the Southern Hemisphere.

Angola Cables is a telecommunications company founded in 2009 in Angola. It operates in the wholesale market and its business is the sale of international transmission capacity through submarine fiber optic cables and IP Transit.

"The commercialisation of the cable is ‘more than just a game-changer’ when it comes to data connectivity and services between the two continents.  It is estimated that direct communications between Afrika and the Americas will generate multiple advantages worldwide for Internet Service Providers (ISP’s), Cloud Service Providers (CSP’s) and Over the Top Content Providers (OTT’s) making use of these connections," said António Nunes, CEO of Angola Cables.

According to Angola Cables, speeds on SACS are 5 times faster than existing cable routings. The benefits of this is that latency from Fortaleza in Brasil to Luanda (Angola) is reduced from 350ms to 63ms.

SACS Infographic. Angola Cables

Luanda will also connect to London and Miami with approximately 128 ms latency. These two major content hubs, will likely then position Angola as a strategic point to serve the transatlantic region with low latency and resilient Internet connections. Given the onward connections to the recently completed Monet Cable and the West Africa Cable System (WACS), SACS will also offer reduced latency between Miami (USA) and Cape Town (South Africa) from 338ms to 163ms.

The completion and commercial availability of SACS continues to highlight the importance of telecommunications infrastructure and the opportunities it will likely open up. Apart from low latency Internet traffic, and the opportunities for new businesses to start up, there is also a case to be made for having more such cables in Afrika and the cost savings that are going to be passed down to consumers.

“Our ambition is to transport South American and Asian data packets via our African hub using SACS, and together with Monet and the WACS, provide a more efficient direct connectivity option between North, Central and South America onto Africa, Europe and Asia. By developing and connecting ecosystems that allows for local IP traffic to be exchanged locally and regionally, the efficiency of networks that are serving the Southern Hemisphere can be vastly improved. As these developments progress they will have considerable impact for the future growth and configuration of the global internet,” said Nunes.

The commissioning of the SACS cable is a gigantic leap forward in trans-Atlantic connectivity and will have a profound impact on global digital connectivity and is expected to fast-track commercial activity in the ICT sectors, and stimulate the emerging economies in Latin America and Africa.

The cable will enable African internet service providers and users a more direct, secure path to the Americas – without having to pass through Europe. Content service providers in Latin America will also stand to benefit with the option of using the SACS route to reach markets in Africa and Europe without utilizing the traditional and high volume, Northern Hemisphere internet traffic routings.


Cover image credit: Angola Cables.