Angola Cables announced that it has signed a contract with system supplier NEC Corporation to build the world’s first submarine cable system across the South Atlantic ocean.
The South Atlantic Cable System (SACS) will connect Angola and Brazil, and will link the rest of Africa with Latin America for the first time.
The cable system will be built from Sangano landing station in Angola to Fortaleza in Brazil.
The system will then be linked to the Cable of the Americas (COTA). SACS and COTA will then tap into the existing West Africa Cable System (WACS) which links Africa to Europe.
SACS will feature a 4-fibre-pair cable with an initial design capacity of 40Tbps (100Gbps x 100 wavelengths x 4 fibre-pairs).
The total investment amount for SACS is estimated to be USD $160 million.
According to Angola Cables CEO Antonio Nunes the company’s mission is to transform Angola into one of the major telecommunication hubs in Africa.