[Fortaleza, Brazil, September 5, 2018]: The South Atlantic Inter Link (SAIL) consortium announced the completion of the close to 6000km marine installation of its 25-year life- span transatlantic fiber optic subsea cable on September 4th. This marks a significant milestone: for the first time, two continents, Africa and Americas, in the Southern Hemisphere are fully connected to their respective landing stations, Kribi in Cameroon and Fortaleza in Brazil.
The SAIL cable system has been designed to be a fast and direct path, utilizing the industry leading 100G transmission technology and to deliver a design capacity of 32 Tbps, through a 4 fiber pair configuration since its inception in 2016. It is a joint investment by China Unicom (with its wholly-owned subsidiary, China Unicom do Brasil Telecomunicacoes Ltda) and CAMTEL. The entire project has been carried out by Huawei Marine Networks, a leading global supplier in the submarine cable industry.
With the rapid development of global infrastructure and a massive surge in worldwide internet traffic, Africa and Latin America are becoming strategic emerging markets of the global telecommunications industry. The introduction of SAIL meets the traffic demands from the emerging markets, and also opens a new routing through diverse paths between Africa and North America, Europe and South America. Through the launch of SAIL, countries in these regions, especially the Southern Hemisphere countries will be more connected and in a better position to drive the development of the region’s digital economy.
As an important infrastructure located in the Southern Hemisphere, supported by other submarine cables directed to Eurasia, the SAIL cable will positively impact the current communications market in Global South. This cable will allow immediate links of BRICS with connections to Brazil, South Africa in Southern Hemisphere, and connections to China, Russia and India in Eurasia. This will reinforce increasing communication demand and drive rapid expansion of global emerging markets in these areas.
CAMTEL is 100% owned by the Cameroon government and has built and manages the national fiber transmission backbone network, Fixed network business and a CDMA network nationwide. CAMTEL’s national backbone fibre network interconnects neighboring countries such as Nigeria, Central African Republic and Chad and has now grown into a regional fibre network. CAMTEL aims to develop Cameroon into an international traffic Hub in Africa through trans-border terrestrial cable and international submarine cables such as SAT-3, WACS, ACE, NCSCS, SAIL, etc.
For more information, please visit: http://www.camtel.cm/
About China Unicom
China Unicom is a leading telecom operator in China and APAC. It is the only Chinese telecom operator listed on the stock exchanges in New York, Hong Kong and Shanghai.
Presently, China Unicom provides a full range of telecommunications services in China, including mobile broadband (WCDMA, LTE FDD, TD-LTE), fixed-line broadband, GSM, fixed-line local access, ICT, data communications and other related value-added services. By the end of July 2018, China Unicom’s total subscriber tally for the mobile, fixed-line broadband and local access businesses reached 441 million.
Meanwhile, China Unicom operates subsidiaries or representative offices in Hong Kong, Singapore, Japan, Korea, Middle East, Australia, the US, the UK, Germany, South Africa, Brazil, etc., offering end-to-end solutions and services to its global customers.
For more information please visit www.chinaunicom.com.cn
About Huawei Marine Networks Co., Ltd.
Huawei Marine Networks Co., Limited (Huawei Marine) is a joint venture established by Huawei Technologies Co., Ltd. and Global Marine Systems Limited. Combining the substantial expertise of the two parent companies, Huawei Marine integrates state-of-the-art optical transmission technology and 160 years of marine engineering and installation excellence with a strong commitment to the development of innovative submarine cable network solutions throughout the globe. Huawei Marine delivers highly reliable, cost-effective turnkey submarine cable system solutions incorporating system design, integration and installation services with an on-going focus and commitment to customer support for network operators.