28 June 2017
| Alan Burkitt-Gray
Cameroon operator Camtel and China Unicom have signed a construction contract with Huawei Marine to build a new subsea cable from Africa to Brazil.
The South Atlantic Inter Link (SAIL) cable will run 6,000km
from Kribi in Cameroon with Fortaleza, the Brazilian town that
is becoming a hub for subsea cables. SAIL, with four fibre
pairs, will have a design capacity of 32Tbits/s, using 100G
David Nkote, general manager of state-owned Camtel, said: "When it
completed, it will provide new international connectivity, to
facilitate bandwidth demand between Africa and South America
and support the booming economies in the two
Huawei’s rotating CEO Guo Ping and Lu Yimin,
the CEO of China Unicom, took part on the signing ceremony in
Shanghai with Nkote.
Lu said: "China has strategic partnerships with Africa and
South America. SAIL not only provides high-quality
international telecommunication services to countries in these
two continents, but also better serves Chinese companies to
develop their business in these regions."
SAIL is due for service in late 2018. Fortaleza is also a
landing point of the South Atlantic Cable System (SACS), which
starts in Angola in south-western Africa, for Brusa, which runs to Virginia Beach in the
US, and for Seabras-1, which runs to New York from
São Paulo, Brazil.