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Angola Cables extends SACS to Argentina and Chile with Silica deal

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Angola Cables is expanding its South Atlantic subsea network, which went live last month, to Argentina and Chile.

The company has announced a deal with Silica Networks, which runs a fibre network connecting cities in both countries, to connect its South Atlantic Cable System (SACS) from the landing station at Fortaleza, Brazil.

“The partnership would strengthen the economic links for the large digital content producers in Brazil, Argentina and Chile, setting up a commercial conduit for them to share content with Africa and other markets, thus making it digitally possible to connect East with West,” said António Nunes, CEO of Angola Cables, based in the Angolan capital of Luanda.

SACS went into commercial service in late September, providing 40Tbps of capacity on the 6,165km route across the southern Atlantic.

It will be Silica Networks’ preferred route in the southern hemisphere, providing fibre operators and content providers in Argentina and Chile with a direct routing between South America and Africa, with onward connections to markets in Asia.

Horácio Martinez, CEO of Silica Networks, said: “This is a milestone for the digital economies of Argentina and Chile as it opens up new fronts for entrepreneurship for operators, fibre optic networks and broadband providers accessing the high-capacity services provided by SACS and Angola Cables to the African and eastern markets.”

Silica Networks, part of the Datco group, connects Argentina, Brazil and Chile, with a network that crosses the Andes in four points and approaching São Paulo by two routes, one terrestrial and the other via submarine network.

Its fibre ring of more than 12,000km offers voice, transport and data communications services to more than 200 customers, including telcos, ISPs and cable operators in Latin America.

The link to SACS will extend Silica’s reach beyond Latin America and Africa, making it possible for the increased sharing of Spanish and Portuguese programming and other content to markets in Asia and vice versa.

 

 

 

 

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