Angola Cables announces watershed moment for African Internet

Angola Cables has taken a step closer to completion of the South Atlantic Cable System (SACS) at an official launch in Sangano, Angola, the company said.

SACS is the first direct link between Africa and South America. The installation of the South Atlantic Cable System (SACS) — a subsea cable with 40 Tbps of capacity that will extend more than 6,500 km to Fortaleza, Brazil — began on the Angolan coast in the municipality of Quissama. The SACS system is being constructed by NEC Corporation.

The launch event was attended by José Carvalho da Rocha, the Angolan Minister of Telecommunications and Technologies, local and international business leaders, as well as the shareholders and guests of Angola Cables. The installation of SACS is considered a strategic project for Angola to advance the region´s digital economy and to improve global communications.

When the entire network is completed, along with associated elements such as data centres and Internet Exchange Points, SACS will offer a paradigm shift in Africa´s telecommunications sector.

The installation phase of the cable on the Angolan shore is one of the most important aspects of the project as several levels of interaction and activity are required with several entities simultaneously, and therefore constitute a critical and high risk moment.

The protection of both the cable and the teams involved is one of the aspects analyzed and therefore the work is rigorous and well planned.

Angola Cables is a multinational telecommunications company founded in 2009, which operates in the wholesale market and whose core business is the commercialisation of capacity in international circuits for voice and data through Submarine Cable Systems.