Angola Cables, NEC building SACS cable

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Angola Cables and NEC have commenced a project to build the South Atlantic Cable System (SACS), the first subsea cable system to connect Africa and South America in the southern hemisphere has come into force.

The SACS is scheduled to be ready for service by the middle of 2018.

The project cost is expected to reach $160 million and will be partially co-funded by the Japan Bank for International Cooperation (JBIC) and Sumitomo Mitsui Banking (SMBC) with the support of Nippon Export and Investment Insurance (NEXI) through the Banco de Desenvolvimento de Angola (BDA).

SACS will connect Luanda, Angola and Fortaleza, Brazil, directly linking the African continent to Latin America for the first time, spanning more than 6,200 km across the South Atlantic, enabling high speed and large capacity international data transmissions.

From Fortaleza, SACS can be connected to another undersea cable system which stretches to Miami Florida, enabling Angola and Africa to connect directly with the USA.

SACS will include the latest optical technologies, coupled with a control plane based on SDN technology to serve bandwidth-intensive applications. SACS will have an initial design capacity of 40Tpbs (100Gbps x 100 wavelengths x 4 fiber pairs).

"Our main objective is to improve the quality of communications between Africa and the Americas, creating a totally new route in the southern hemisphere, providing term and peak capacity product offerings and support for the region's expanding data requirements of today and for tomorrow," said Antonio Nunes, CEO of Angola Cables.

"SACS will be constructed using state-of-the-art technology, with 100G-coherent design for low latency, reliable delivery for even the most demanding bandwidth needs and direct data center to data center connectivity across the Atlantic.”

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