The Angola Cables has commenced its link between South Africa and South America with the launch of the South Atlantic Cable System (SACS) in Sangano, Angola.
Agency report indicated that SACS is the first direct link between Africa and South America. SACS is a sub-sea cable with 40 Tera bytes per second (tbps) of capacity that will extend more than 6,500 km to Fortaleza, Brazil which began on the Angolan coast in the municipality of Quissama, being constructed by NEC Corporation.
The launch event was witnessed by José Carvalho da Rocha, the Angolan Minister of Telecommunications and Technologies, local and international business leaders, as well as the shareholders and guests of Angola Cables.
The installation of SACS has been tipped as a strategic project for Angola to advance the region’s digital economy and to improve global communications.
The chief executive officer, Angola Cables, António Nunes, said that data centres and Internet Exchange Points benefit immensely, just as it offers a paradigm shift in Africa’s telecommunications sector.
“For Angolans, the time to access content available in America – the largest centre for the production and aggregation of digital content and services – will improve fivefold,” he added.
According to Nunes, it takes approximately 300 milliseconds to connect between Angola and Brazil, adding that with SACS, the latency – the time lag between a data packet being sent and received – is expected to be reduced to approximately 60 milliseconds.
“Angola is becoming one of the telecommunications hubs in sub-Saharan Africa,” Nunes said, adding that “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.”