Cameroon: Camtel announces start of SAIL submarine cable laying work during this month

Starting next week, 3 rd  week of April 2018, the installation work at sea, submarine fiber optic cable South Atlantic Inter Link (SAIL) between Cameroon and Brazil start. The revelation is from Cameroon Telecommunications (Camtel), developer of this 5,900 km long broadband telecom infrastructure, approached by the information site . The cable that is being routed from Norway, via the CS RECORDER, to the city of Kribi in the southern region of Cameroon, was provided by the French cable manufacturer, Nexans. The contract was awarded in December 2016.

Once the submarine fiber optic cable landed in Kribi, telecom infrastructure deployment work from the landing station being built in the coastal city, to the city of Fortaleza in Brazil in the region from Nordeste, will be able to start. It is the company Huawei Marine Networks, specialized in the construction of equipment, which will be responsible for the installation and maintenance of the submarine cable on the Cameroonian side. The works on the Brazilian side are entrusted to the Spanish telecom group Telefonica.

The SAIL cable is the result of a partnership agreement signed on October 14, 2015 by David Nkoto Emane (pictured), the managing director of Camtel, the Cameroonian incumbent, and Yimin Lu, the chief executive officer of China United Network Communications. Corp (China Unicom), a mobile subsidiary of telecom group China Telecom. According to both parties, this submarine fiber optic cable will be one of the few telecom equipment to connect Africa directly to South America. Project cost: 278 billion FCFA.

Source: Agency Ecofin