Angola Cables, a global telecommunications company that has been in business since 2009, has announced the finalization of a marine survey for the South Atlantic Cable System (SACS) as one of their mandate in creating new routes for the global telecommunication sector. At the same time, the company has announced that cable loading is underway especially on SACS side of the south African nation, which is a major boost in regard to the globally relevant project. Upon completion of the project, SACS will interconnect with the Monet Cable System, thus, connecting the U.S., Brazil as well as the West Africa Cable System (WACS).
SACS’s infrastructure is based on 40 Tbps cable that stretches in the ocean on a total length of 6165 km. The cable has four fibre pairs that connects Africa and America through Angola and Brazil. Each of the four fibres can transmit 100 wavelengths with a maximum bandwidth of 100Gbit/s.
WACS, which is responsible for the provision of carrier-level services to operators in Angola and other Sub-Saharan countries is primarily managed by Angola Cables and other 11 members. Its cable system covers a distance of 14,530 km from Yzerfontein in South Africa to London. Similar to the SACS, WASC cables have 4 fiber pairs, coupled with 14 landing points, two of which are in Europe while the rest are in western coast of Africa.
The completion of the marine survey has given Angola Cables necessary information to ensure its clients that their cables will be laid down in the best routes, which ascertains the safety of their infrastructure against hazardous regions. In like manner, the avoidance of unsafe points will ensure that SACS’s lifetime is extended significantly. Furthermore, manufacturing and finishing operations will be completed based on the information sourced from the survey.
“We have worked closely with our partners and suppliers to ensure the highest possible value of the SACS network for our customers,” said Antonio Nunes, CEO of Angola Cables. “As part of our global connectivity strategy, SACS will offer the first direct, high-capacity southern transatlantic connection.”
Currently, NEC Japan and Ocean Specialists Inc (OSI), a subsea cable consulting and advisory firm are overseeing the construction of SACS and loading of the Pre-Laid Shore End (PLSE).
The system will be finalized in the middle of 2018.