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Angola Cables Launches SACS, the South Atlantic Cable System

Magazine article African Business

Angola Cables Launches SACS, the South Atlantic Cable System

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Angola Cables S.A., an Angolan telecoms wholesale operator, and NEC Corporation, a leading IT system supplier, announced recently that the contract to build the South Atlantic Cable System (SACS), the first subsea fiber optic cable system ever to connect Africa and South America in the southern hemisphere has come into force.

SACS is scheduled to be ready for service by the middle of 2018. The project cost is expected to reach $160million and will be partially co-funded by the Japan Bank for International Cooperation (JBIC) and Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation (SMBC) with the support of Nippon Export and Investment Insurance (NEXI) through the Banco de Desenvolvimento de Angola (BDA).

SACS will connect Luanda, Angola and Fortaleza, Brazil, directly linking the African continent to Latin America for the first time, spanning more than 6,200km across the South Atlantic ocean, enabling high speed and large capacity international data transmission From Fortaleza, SACS can be connected to another cable system which stretches to Miami (Florida), enabling Angola and Africa to connect directly with the USA.

SACS will feature the latest optical technologies to provide the most advanced subsea telecommunications system, coupled with a control plane based on innovative Software-Defi ned Networking (SDN) technology to serve bandwidth-intensive applications. SACS will have an initial design capacity of 40Tpbs (100Gbps x 100 Wavelengths x 4 fiber pairs).

"Our main objective is to improve the quality of communications between Africa and the Americas, creating a totally new route in the South hemisphere, providing term and peak capacity product offerings and support for the region's expanding data requirements of today and for tomorrow," says Antonio Nunes, CEO of Angola Cables. …

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