Tokyo, November 4, 2014 – Angola Cables S.A. announced today that it has signed a contract to build the world’s first submarine cable system across the South Atlantic with NEC Corporation as the system supplier. The South Atlantic Cable System (SACS) will connect Angola and Brazil, directly linking the African continent to Latin America for the first time, to enable high speed and high capacity international data transmissions, spurring trade and economic growth.
In order to meet growing demand from broadband, mobile, broadcasting and enterprise traffic crossing the South Atlantic, SACS will feature the latest high quality 4-fiber-pair cable and optical transmission technologies with an initial design capacity of 40Tb/s (100Gb/s x 100 wavelengths x 4 fiber-pairs).
The cable system will land at Sangano cable landing station in Angola, near the capital city of Luanda, and in a datacenter in Fortaleza, Brazil, which, will be built for the cable systems that are under construction by Angola Cables. The Operator recently announced the construction of another cable system, COTA (Cable Of The Americas) connecting Santos and Fortaleza in Brazil to Miami in the USA. This way Angola Cables will connect Angola and Africa directly to Brazil and the USA through SACS and COTA, adding to today’s existing connectivity from Africa to Europe through the existing WACS (West Africa Cable System).
The total amount of investment for SACS is estimated to be approximately USD $160 million.