13 Feb Angola is finally connected to Brazil by optical fiber
February 2018, the South Atlantic Cable System (SACS) submarine optical fiber cable system arrived in Brazil at the port of Pecém in the city of Fortaleza. The 6,300 kilometers of fiber optic infrastructure, fired since December 26, 2017 from the city of Luanda in Angola, have been transported by the French ship Le René Descartes. The system consists of four pairs of 100 Gbps fibers each; a global data transmission capacity of 40 Tbps.
The SACS was buried at a depth of 1.5 meters in shallow water and 7000 meters deep on the high seas to avoid possible damage caused by the passage of vessels. The official commissioning of the system is scheduled for the third quarter of 2018. António Nunes, President of Angola Cables, explained that the system, a unique South-South interconnection platform on a global scale, will “improve the quality of communications between Africa and the Americas, creating a whole new path in the southern hemisphere, offering cutting-edge product offerings and meeting the growing needs of today and tomorrow “.
SACS was built by NEC Corporation. Cable valued at US $ 160 million was financed by the Japan Bank for International Cooperation (JBIC) and Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation (SMBC), with support from Nippon Export and Investment Insurance (NEXI) via Banco de Desenvolvimento de Angola (BDA).
Source: Agence Ecofin