Monday, October 23, 2017

Brazil, Angola 6,165km internet subsea cable loading officially starts

First submarine cable to cross the South Atlantic is set to be brought fully online in the second half of 2018 with a bandwidth of 100Gbit/s.

The loading of a cable connecting Angola to Brazil has been initiated on the African shore as related marine surveys conclude.

The South Atlantic Cable System (SACS) will measure 6,165 Km in length and land in Fortaleza on the Brazilian side and at Sangano beach, Luanda, on the Angolan side.

Completion of the marine survey means that final manufacturing can be completed and any minor route and/or cable type adjustments can be fine-tuned based on the actual survey findings.

The cable has been designed with four fibre pairs with each fibre pair capable of transmitting 100 wavelengths with a bandwidth of 100Gbit/s.

The SACS is to interconnect with the Monet cable system — connecting the United States and Brazil — and WACS, the West Africa Cable System.

Angola Cables’ active and under construction cable routes, and their links to other cable systems. Source: Angola Cables

Owned by Angola Cables, the system will further links into WACS, a cable system which provides carrier level services to operators in Angola and Sub-Saharan Africa across 11 countries.

As a 14,530 km cable running from Yzerfontein (South Africa) to London (UK), WACS has four fibre pairs and includes 14 landing points, 12 along the western coast of Africa (including Cape Verde and Canary Islands) and two in Europe (Portugal and England).

Angola Cables has commissioned NEC Japan and contracted Ocean Specialists, Inc (OSI) to oversee the construction process, all to assure the highest levels of quality.

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.”

Artur Mendes, Chief Commercial Officer for Angola Cables, said: “These key milestones illustrate that the SACS cable is on target for completion as Angola Cables continues to build sales momentum for delivery of services on SACS by the middle of 2018.

“Increasingly, customers are turning to the southern transatlantic route for diversification and security. SACS, coupled with Monet and the existing WACS cable, provide unparalleled value for which we are seeing very high demand in the marketplace.”