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The South Atlantic Cable System (SACS), the first submarine cable system across the South Atlantic, is in the final stretch of its installation between Africa and South America. This is the latest submarine cable systems to be installed to meet Africa’s telecommunications needs. SAT-3/WACS, Seacom, WACS, and EASSy have all became operational over the last 15 years.

South Atlantic cable system nearly completeSACS presents an opportunity for Angola to become one of the telecommunications hubs in sub-Saharan Africa. With SACS in place, wholesale customers between the continents will see a fivefold improvement in latency, as well as better access to America, one of the largest producers and aggregators of digital content and services.

As the first and only direct link between Angola and Brazil, SACS is expected to be fully operational before the middle of 2018. The deep-water phase of the installation will last 90 days and cover a distance of 6200 km of cable at depths of up to 5000 metres.

“When SACS is complete, together with the complementary infrastructure offered by the WACS and Monet Cable Systems, there will be a paradigm shift in global telecommunications data transport,” says António Nunes, CEO of Angola Cables.

“Investments in underwater cable systems and data centres are creating digital bridges bringing continents closer, but also improving access to major international telecommunications circuits. We expect various economic benefits for Angola, as well as other regions where our network exists, with a number of knock-on effects, including further investment from technology companies requiring high levels of connectivity.”

Angola Cables, the company overseeing installation and the operations of SACS, and NEC Corporation, a Japanese system integrator of fibre optic cable systems and the turn-key contractor for SACS construction, has hired Orange Marine, also a French cable ship company, to commence the deep-water laying of the cable shortly.

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