25 May 2018
| Alan Burkitt-Gray
Work has started on laying SAIL, Camtel’s subsea cable across the south Atlantic from Cameroon in west Africa to Brazil.
Minette Libom li Likeng, Cameroon minister of posts and
telecommunications, attended the ceremony marking start of
construction at the coastal city of Kribi of South Atlantic
Inter Link (SAIL).
Huawei Marine Networks is laying the cable for Camtel from
Kribi to Fortaleza in Brazil, where Angola
Cables’ rival south Atlantic cable SACS also terminates.
Fortaleza is a landing station for more than a dozen subsea
cables including the recently laid Monet,the 10,556km cable
system owned by Algar Telecom, Angola Cables, Antel and
Alphabet, which runs north to Miami and south to Santos in
Huawei expects to take 60 days to lay the 6,000km-long SAIL,
and has a target date for completing the installation at the
end of August 2018. SAIL will operate at 32Tbps using
Cameroon neighbours Nigeria, one of the biggest economies in
Africa, and is served by a number of cables running along the
west coast of Africa.
Only last year, Camtel and
China Unicom signed the construction contract with Huawei
Marine Networks to build the new cable system.
Speaking at the time of the
signing ceremony, 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
Lu Yimin, the CEO of China
Unicom,who was also attendence 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