Telecommunuications multinational Angola Cables has reported that the South Atlantic Cable System (SACS) has made landfall at Fortaleza on the Brazilian coast.
Its arrival is an important strategic milestone for the company, Angola and Africa because it will be the first direct link between the Americas and the African continent, offering faster routing with higher capacity.
Now entering the final phase of completion, SACS is expected to be fully operational later this year, with the undersea cable being one of the most advanced submarine telecommunications systems.
“Once SACS has been fully commissioned, we will see a significant improvement in communications and content sharing between Angola, African countries and the Americas,” said Angola Cables CEO António Nunes.
“With SACS, the delay in transporting digital content, known as latency, will be reduced five-fold, from the current 350 thousandths of a second to just over 60 thousandths of a second.
“Investments made by Angola Cables and its partners in underwater cable systems, such as the West African Cable System (WACS) and Monet – connecting North and South America – combined with other investments in terrestrial infrastructure such as data centres, is opening up global communications networks.
“It is also reorienting worldwide internet traffic and is effectively positioning Angola as a telecommunications hub in sub-Saharan Africa.”