Monday, October 23, 2017

Angola Cables to build $130m data centre in Brazil

Hub is expected to be operational by 2018, in line with the two subsea cables currently being built by the company.

Angola Cables has secured $130m from the Banco de Desenvolvimento de Angola (BDA; Angola’s Development Bank) to build a data centre in Brazil.

The financing has been awarded as part of a $300m development project that will see the Angolan operator deliver two submarine cables linking Africa to Latin America and North America, and the mentioned data centre.

The data centre is to be located at the Praia do Futuro, in Fortaleza, and is expected to be operational by 2018.

Part of the $130m will also be used to build landing stations for the South Atlantic Cable System (SACS) and Monet submarine cables.

The data centre and landing stations in Fortaleza will account to 10,000 sqm of total area, with 3,000 sqm dedicated to IT loads.

The 10,556Km Monet cable, expected to come online before the end of the year, will link Fortaleza to Santos also in Brazil and then up North to Miami, Florida.

The 6,165Km SACS cable system is scheduled to be operational by 2018 and will link Angola’s capital Luanda to Fortaleza.

Antonio Nunes, CEO of Angola Cables, said: “We have worked closely with our partners and suppliers to ensure the highest possible value of the SACS network for our customers.

“As part of our global connectivity strategy, SACS will offer the first direct, high-capacity southern transatlantic connection.”