Angola Cables has begun the construction of the South Atlantic Cable System (SACS) subsea network that will connect Africa directly with Brazil and has held a launch event in Sangano, home to the first landing site, to celebrate.
SACS is a 6,165km, 40Tbit/s cable with four fiber pairs that, when completed, will be the first subsea cable to directly connect Africa to Brazil. SACS is due to go into commercial service in mid-2018 and is being built by NEC's submarine network construction division.
Once the network is up and running and connected to the relevant data centers and Internet exchanges, it is set to improve the download time of content housed in the Americas fivefold, according to António Nunes, CEO of Angola Cables. Currently, the latency between Angola and Brazil is 300 milliseconds but once SACS is operational that will improve to 60 milliseconds.
"Angola is becoming one of the telecommunications hubs in sub-Saharan Africa," stated Nunes in an official announcement about the SACS development. "Current cable systems, such as WACS, together with the SACS and Monet cables systems, complemented by local data centers, will improve connectivity, but also economically benefit Angola and the surrounding regions as tech companies requiring high connectivity establish and grow their operations in Africa." (See Angola Cables Adds Euro Connections.)