The SAT-1 cable, spanning from South Africa to Portugal was originally laid in 1968 and put out of service in 1993 when it was replaced by the SAT-2 cable.

Lida, a submarine cable recovery vessel operated by WIND, has undergone a major conversion in order to carry out the recovery work as efficient as possible. The 800 km of cable she brings back to shore on her first trip was recovered from depths of upto 4.5 km. Lida will set out to sea again as soon as she has discharged the cable in Cape Town to recover the remaining 7,000 km of cable.