According to Angola Cables, the installation of the South Atlantic Cable System (SACS) is nearing completion. The SACS is the first direct link between Africa and South America, spans 6 300km linking Luanda, Angola, and Fortaleza, Brazil, with a leg connecting the Brazilian archipelago of Fernando de Noronha as well. SACS is designed to offer a capacity of 40Tbps between South America and Africa.
SACS is designed to provide low latency routing between Africa and Asia in the east and the Americas in the west. Construction costs are expected to amount to $278 million, funded by Angola Cables.
In a statement, Angola Cables says the wet-plant installation is progressing in accordance with the plan and the cables will arrive in Brazil at the beginning of February. Construction of the landing station/data centre in Fortaleza, Brazil, is also progressing well, it adds.
Angola Cables CEO Ant'onio Nunes says following the completion of the installation work, a period of testing will begin and the company expects to have the cable fully operational by the third quarter of 2018.
When the installation of the 6 300km submarine cable is completed, SACS will be able to offer a capacity of 40Tbps, between South America and Africa, and a latency of approximately 63 milliseconds.
From a global traffic perspective, the introduction of SACS between Angola and Brazil opens a new routing. South America will be able to reach Europe and Asia avoiding the US, and Africa will be able to reach the US without linking through Europe.
The SACS project will also significantly upscale the digital economies of various African and South American countries and improve global communication efficiencies for enterprise customers in Africa, Latin America and SA, says Angola Cables.
Nunes states the ambitious undertaking to complete the connection of the two continents within a challenging timeframe is on track and on schedule.
"SACS is a game-changer. It provides a catalyst and springboard for the expansion of Internet exchange points and related infrastructure investments," adds Nunes. "Through SACS, Southern Hemisphere countries will be more connected and in a better position to drive the development of the region's digital economy."