SHANGHAI, CHINA – 27th June, 2017 – The SAIL consortium, comprised of CamTel, China Unicom, China Unicom Do Brasil, and Huawei Marine announced today that the contract for the South Atlantic Inter Link (SAIL) Cable Network has come into force (CIF).
Spanning more than 6,000 km, the SAIL Cable Network will link Kribi (Cameroon.) with connectivity to Fortaleza (Brazil). Using state-of-art optical amplifier technology to achieve high performance and reliability in the transmission of multiple wavelength channel signals on multiple fiber pairs, the 100G repeatered cable system will deliver up to 32 Tb/s of capacity.
SAIL will be designed to interconnect with other cable systems in the region to maximize the throughput of data, as well as to support future upgrades. The system has a targeted Ready for Service date by the end of 2018.
Cameroon Telecommunications (CAMTEL) is a state-owned corporation operating in the electronic communications sector in Cameroon, specially on fixed and mobile communications services. It operates in a highly competitive environment marked by constant innovation.
In recent years, the Cameroonian telecommunications sector has undergone far-reaching technological changes, one of the landmarks of such changes in Cameroon being the mobile telephony operators' switch to next generation networks. CAMTEL is adapting to this context and adjusting its strategy to meet the expectations relating to profitability, accessibility, and availability of service that are incumbent upon the company as the secular arm of the State in the telecommunications sector. While keeping its actions consistent with the goals of the Cameroon Growth and Employment Strategy Paper (GESP), the company intends to become "the national leader in broadband services segment and the Digital Hub of Central Africa" in the short term, building on a Strategic development plan of networks and services.
About China Unicom
China United Network Communications Group Company Limited ("China Unicom") was officially established in 2009 on the basis of the merger of former China Netcom and former China Unicom.
China Unicom mainly operates a full range of telecommunications services including mobile broadband (GSM, WCDMA, LTE FDD, TD-LTE), fixed-line broadband, ICT, data communications, domestic and international communications facilities, satellite service, network access service, value-added and system integration services with a modern communication network characterized by nationwide coverage and extensive global reach.
Committed to raising its overall competitiveness and sustainable development capacity and becoming a world leading provider of broadband communications and information services, China Unicom will further enhance the development of its services, expand its business scope and improve the quality of service while adhering to the market-oriented and customer-focused principle and emphasizing the development of mobile broadband Internet services.
About China Unicom Global
China Unicom Do Brasil Unicom as subsidiary of China Unicom Global. China Unicom Global Limited ("CUG") is a wholly owned subsidiary of China United Network Communication Group Company Limited. CUG is headquartered in Hong Kong. With 31 worldwide subsidiaries and offices, and 107 overseas Point-of-Presences (PoPs) in 70 countries/regions, CUG endeavors on global business development, operation and servicing outside Mainland China.
Leveraging on China Unicom’s extensive global network coverage, CUG offers reliable end-to-end global integrated telecommunication services and solutions, including global connectivity services, global internet access, ICT services, cloud, internet of things (IoT), video conferencing, unified communications, content and security services, and provides personal customers with premium voice and mobility services.
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 the 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.