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Angola: SACS Submarine Cable Enters Commercial Service

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On 27th September 2018, Angola Cables announced that the South Atlantic Cable System (SACS) has entered commercial service. The 6,200-km SACS cable crosses the southern Atlantic ocean from the Sangano cable landing station in Angola (near Luanda, the capital city) to Fortaleza in Brazil, and has an initial design capacity of 40 Tbps (100 Gbps x 100 wavelengths x 4 fibre pairs).

SACS is 100% owned and managed by Angola Cables, which awarded the contract to NEC Corporation to build the South Atlantic Cable System (SACS) in November 2014 (see also Angola: Angola Cables Awards Contract For SACS Cable To NEC and Angola: SACS Submarine Cable Under Construction, Due To Enter Service In Mid 2018). Onward connectivity is provided to the USA, Europe and South Africa via the Monet cable system connecting Boca Raton (USA) to both Fortaleza and Santos (Brazil), and the West Africa Cable System (WACS) submarine cable running from Yzerfontein (South Africa) to Seixal (Portugal) via Sangano (Angola).

SACS offers a high quality of service and improved latency of up to 60% over current routing options, according to a company press release. The new route provided by SACS reduces data transfer speeds from Luanda (Angola) to Fortaleza (Brazil) from 350 milliseconds (ms) to 63ms. Given the onward connections to the recently completed Monet Cable and WACS, SACS will also offer reduced latency between Miami (USA) and Cape Town (South Africa) from 338ms to 163ms.

“Our ambition is to transport South American and Asian data packets via our African hub using SACS, and together with Monet and the WACS, providing a more efficient direct connectivity option between North, Central and South America onto Africa, Europe and Asia” said Antonio Nunes, CEO of Angola Cables in a company press release. The cable will enable African internet service providers (ISPs) and users a more direct, secure path to the Americas – without having to pass through Europe. Content service providers in Latin America will also stand to benefit with the option of using the SACS route to reach markets in Africa and Europe with utilizing the traditional and high volume Northern Hemisphere internet traffic routings.

Source: Angola Cables

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