SACS on course for 2018 completion

26 May 2017 | James Pearce

Angola Cables has revealed that it’s South Atlantic Cable System (SACS), which is the first subsea cable that will directly connect Africa and Latin America, is on track for completion next year.

The project, which is predicted to cost $170 million, was announced in 2014. The 6,165 km cable will run from Fortaleza, Brazil, where it will link up with Seabras-1, to Luanda in Angola.

Work began on construction in April, with NEC selected as supplier for the 40Tbps cable, which will have four fibre pair.

Speaking at a recent conference in the African country, Angola Cables CEO António Nunes said the company is aiming to ensure internet services reach the most remote places in Angola quickly, according to Macauhub.

Nunes added that for the interior of the country to have easy access to connectivity "it will also be necessary to improve infrastructure, such as roads and other public places."

This will lead to a boost in productivity, he said, favouring the "diversification of the national economy".

Topics: SACS, Angola Cables, Angola, Brazil, Seabras-1