Angola Cable's SACS sees tenfold increase in traffic

Angola Cable's SACS sees tenfold increase in traffic

19 October 2021 | Natalie Bannerman

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The South Atlantic Cable System (SACS) has seen a tenfold increase in traffic as major telco players look for direct access to markets in the US and South America.

Since its launch in 2018, the 6 156km intercontinental subsea cable saw latency between Africa and the Americas almost halved, creating an express digital connection to accelerate digital and economic growth at its landing points.

The aforementioned tenfold spike has given major telecoms, content delivery networks and multi -nationals with faster access to Latin America - and the US and Europe via Angola Cables' Monet Cable.

According to CEO Angelo Gama, private line connections to the US and Latin America from the African continent have seen significant growth. While the low latency between the Americas and Africa has enabled operators in Africa to optimise their global network solutions using the SACS subsea cable system. 

“On the other hand, from Americas to Africa, we are seeing a sharp demand from hyperscalers and content providers looking to utilise the low-latency routings of SACS to transit and cache data closer to the edge or base of their trans-Atlantic customers,” said Gama. 

In addition, Liquid Intelligent Technologies' recently launch point of presence (PoP) in Miami, also leverages SACS. The PoP connects to their 100,000km fibre network which spans 11 countries on the continent and another 14 countries via the Operators Alliance Programme and Liquid Satellite Services.

“Via SACS we are able to guarantee a secure, high-speed interconnection to all our partners and customers in the USA and give our customers in Africa direct access to internet and data centre resources in the US,” added David Eurin, CEO of Liquid Sea.  

Additionally, Vodacom also upgraded its connection on the SACS cable to extend services and solutions for clients into Brazil and Chile.

“This important upgrade gives us the option to expand our services in South America, whilst also providing a direct link between South Africa and Miami in the US,” said Guy Clarke, managing director for Vodacom Business International.