SACS Cable to Boost Connectivity in Africa via Teraco Data Centers
November 15, 2018
Teraco, Africa’s largest vendor neutral colocation data centre provider has said that clients currently making use of its data centres in Cape Town and Johannesburg are set to benefit from the cross connection to the South Atlantic Cable System (SACS) – Africa’s first transatlantic link connecting Africa to the Americas.
Owned by Angola Cables, the new subsea network provides the most direct routing for internet traffic across the Atlantic and according to Teraco, will bring immense opportunity for clients within the data centre.
“This is an exciting development and includes much needed investment into local infrastructure. Built with a direct purpose to boost business in South Africa, SACS will provide improved connectivity and significantly lower latency routing between Africa and the Americas,” says Jan Hnizdo, Teraco Managing Director.
Offering five times the speed of existing cable routings and an improvement of up to 60%, SACS reduces latency from Fortaleza (Brazil) to Luanda (Angola) from 350ms to 63ms; Luanda is connected with the some latency to London and to Miami of approximately 128 milliseconds, the link from Miami to Cape Town has been reduced to 163ms – from 338ms in the past prior to SACS.
When asked about the main benefits of the system, Angola Cables’ CEO, Antonio Nunes said that latency is a global issue, especially in the era of software driven services. “SACS has the capabilities to dramatically improve this – and at the same time Angola Cables is bringing new routes to Africa with a lot of available capacity.”
The Angola Cables submarine network is already providing Teraco’s data centres in South Africa with direct connectivity to Brazil, Chile, Argentina and Bolivia, but also to Miami giving Teraco’s DC clients a premium opportunity to connect and share digital content with the America continent.