Connecting Africa is part of the Informa Tech Division of Informa PLC

This site is operated by a business or businesses owned by Informa PLC and all copyright resides with them. Informa PLC's registered office is 5 Howick Place, London SW1P 1WG. Registered in England and Wales. Number 3099067.

Connectivity

SACS cable sees tenfold traffic growth

Article Image
Traffic on Angola Cables' South Atlantic Cable System (SACS) has seen a tenfold increase since it went live 2018, with more African telcos looking for direct access to markets in the US and South America.

According to Angola Cables when the 6,156 km intercontinental subsea cable came on stream in September 2018, latency between Africa and the Americas was almost halved, opening an express digital connection to accelerate digital and economic growth on either side of the Atlantic.

SACS gives faster access to Latin America with a direct connection between Luanda, Angola and Fortaleza, Brazil and also connects the US and Europe via the Monet Cable connection.

Angola Cables CEO Angelo Gama said not only has private line connections to the US and Latin America seen significant growth but the low latency between the Americas and Africa has enabled operators in Africa to optimize their global network solutions via the subsea cable system.

"On the other hand, from Americas to Africa, we are seeing a sharp demand from hyperscalers and content providers looking to utilise the low-latency routings of SACS to transit and cache data closer to the edge or base of their trans-Atlantic customers," he said in a statement.

Liquid Intelligent Technologies recently opened a Point of Presence (PoP) in Miami, using the low latency connection of SACS. The POP connects to their 100,000km fiber network across 11 countries on the continent and another 14 countries via the Operators Alliance Program and Liquid Satellite Services.

SACS latency between various points on the subsea cable system. (Source Angola Cables)
SACS latency between various points on the subsea cable system.
(Source Angola Cables)

David Eurin, CEO of Liquid Sea, said that the Miami POP enables US-based companies to access 40 data centers across Africa, including nine data centers operated by Africa Data Centres and the six operated by Teraco.

"Via SACS we are able to guarantee a secure, high-speed interconnection to all our partners and customers in the USA and give our customers in Africa direct access to internet and data center resources in the US," Eurin said.

Vodacom also upgraded their connection on the SACS cable to extend services and solutions for clients into Brazil and Chile.

*Top image is of the Angola Cables subsea network. (Source Angola Cables)

— The Staff, Connecting Africa

Innovation hub

Story

Orange Ventures, Digital Africa promise more funding for startups

Orange Ventures and Digital Africa are teaming up to invest more in tech startups in Africa and the Middle East through Digital Africa's Fuzé program and the Orange Digital Center network.

Story

Hot startup of the month: Rwanda's Ampersand

Connecting Africa's hot startup this month is Rwanda's Ampersand, which designs, builds, and manufactures electric motorcycles and battery packs for motorcycle taxis.

More Innovation hub

Latest video

More videos

Partner perspectives

All Partner Perspectives

Sponsored video

More videos

Follow us on X

Industry announcements

More Industry announcements

Upcoming events

Africa Tech Festival 2024
November 11-14, 2024
Cape Town, South Africa
More Upcoming events

Africa Tech Perspectives

Story

Uber's Marjorie Saint-Lot on inclusion and sustainability in Africa

Uber's Country Manager for Ghana and Cote d'Ivoire, Marjorie Saint-Lot, shares how the ride-hailing company is approaching public-private partnerships, environmentally friendly initiatives and gender inclusion in Africa.

Story

The 100 most influential African leaders in 2023

A new report from Africa Tech Festival and Connecting Africa puts a spotlight on the top 100 African leaders in the telecoms and technology sector in 2023.

Story

Deep dive into East Africa's tech startup ecosystem

New survey reveals a lack of access to investors, reliance on international VCs and global recession trends as the biggest barriers for East African tech startups to access funds.

More Africa Tech perspectives

Guest Perspectives

Story

Omdia View: April 2024

By Omdia Analysts

April 2024's telecoms highlights in the Middle East and Africa included a license for Starlink in Ghana, new mobile termination rates in Ethiopia, and 6G trials in Bahrain – that and more in the latest Omdia View.

Story

Leveraging agritech to build resilience against climate change

By Francis Hook

ICT analyst Francis Hook discusses agritech in Africa and how the agricultural sector is using technology to build resilience against the negative effects of climate change and to ensure food security.

More Guest Perspectives

Like us on Facebook

Newsletter Sign Up


Sign Up
Tag id test-002