Angola Cables and TM Global establish PoC for new cable route
Angola Cables and TM Global, the wholesale division of Telekom Malaysia Berhad have collaborated on a new express cable route connecting Asia directly to South America.
The two parties are conducting a proof of concept (PoC) leveraging the South Africa Far East cable system (SAFE), connecting Malaysia to Angola, and South Atlantic Cable System (SACS) connecting Angola to Brazil owned by both parties respectively.
The preliminary results of the PoC have showed a reduction in latency along this new route as compared with existing northern hemisphere routes. Should this new system go ahead, this could lead to a significant improvement in global internet traffic routing quality especially on data connectivity services to the southern hemisphere.
In bypassing the Middle East and Europe, the new express route is set to provide a shorter path to Asia and South America, which in turn will improve better customer experience. According to the two companies the new route will also be the catalyst to develop more effective digital ecosystems in the southern hemisphere. In addition, it is also expected to transform data transfer between various countries and economies, enabling more robust connectivity among backhaul providers, content/application providers and content delivery network providers in a more efficient data sharing process.
Both Angola Cables and TM Global believe that this initiative will provide better options for services providers in growing their business and expanding their network reach into new markets. Both parties have said that they will continue to explore other areas of collaboration for penetrating new market opportunities and serving the customers who are looking for diversity, high resiliency route and better quality of service.
In August, Angola Cables was named as one of ten companies in Angola to have stakes in its company sold off as part of a wide-ranting privatisation move. The Diário da República – the country’s official journal – says that the government will sell 175 companies by public tender, 11 by public auction and nine by initial public offering.