By João Marques Lima, Data Economy
July 12, 2017

Angola Cables has begun the construction of a large Tier 3 data centre in Fortaleza, Brazil, five weeks after it secured $130m to finance the project.

The data centre is expected to be brought online by Q1 2018 and is being built as the company also lays two subsea cables in the Atlantic: one connecting Africa to Latin America, and the other linking Latin America to North America.

The data centre site sits at the Praia do Futuro (in English: The Beach of the Future), and will amount to 10,000 sqm, of which 3,000 sqm will be dedicated to server rooms.

The company has also announced that several clients have bought space at the facility, including Claranet, AmLight and the Prefeitura de Fortaleza (Fortaleza’s Town Hall).

António Nunes, CEO of Angola Cables, says: “We were delighted to be a part of the ceremony to mark the start of the building of the centre. This is a Brazilian tradition we were honoured to share in.

“The [cable] systems will enhance Africa’s global communications networks, provide a ‘meet me’ point with high connectivity and access to larger markets. They will also deliver the lowest latency routing between Africa and South America.”

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