Angola Cables launches first phase of South Atlantic Cable System

Angola Cables launches first phase of South Atlantic Cable System

Work has started on the South Atlantic Cable System (SACS), which will link Africa with South America.

The 6,500km cable will run from Fortaleza, Brazil to the municipality of Quissama on the Angolan coast, offering 40Tbps of capacity. Angola Cables has chosen NEC to construct the system.

Once completed, the SACS, along with the corresponding data centres and internet exchange points, will transform African telecommunications, advancing the region’s digital economy and improve global communications.

“For Angolans, the time to access content available in America – the largest centre for the production and aggregation of digital content and services – will improve fivefold.” said António Nunes, CEO of Angola Cables.

It takes approximately 300ms to connect between Angola and Brazil today. With SACS, the latency is expected to be reduced to approximately 60ms.

José Carvalho da Rocha, the Angolan minister of telecommunications and technologies, attended the launch event on the Angolan shore, marking the start of the installation phase.

Nunes said: “Current cable systems, such as WACS, together with the SACS and Monet cables systems – complemented by local data centres – will improve connectivity, but also economically benefit Angola and the surrounding regions as tech companies requiring high connectivity establish and grow their operations in Africa. The installation of SACS represents the realisation of a dream, a development that reflects our ability to find solutions and overcome challenges, always having in mind the final objective.”

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