First submarine cable to link Africa with South America

November 13th, 2014, Published in Articles: EngineerIT


Darwin Costa and Leonildo Simoes  of Anglo Cables showing off the new cable between Angola and South America

Darwin Costa and Leonildo Simoes of Anglo Cables showing off the new cable between Angola and South America

By the end of 2016, a new submarine cable will be connecting Angola with Brazil, creating another link out of Africa directly linking the continent with South America with four pairs of fibre offering 40 TB of capacity.  The project is a partnership between Angola Cables and NEC. A company with long experience in submarine networks, NEC has built a reputation for delivery and commitment to innovation by deploying the latest technologies.

Anglo Cables is a consortium of local telcos and an internet service provider (ISP) with the main shareholder (51%) Angola Telecom. The other partners are Unitel, MS Telcom, Movicel and Startel.

The cable will terminate in Luanda in Angola and at  Fortalesa in Brazil and from there the South Atlantic Cable System (SACS) will be  linked  by another submarine cable project known as Cable of the Americas (COTA) with Miami in the USA . This will provide direct high speed communication links between Angola and the USA broadband networks. It will transform Angola into one of the major telecommunications hubs in Africa.

Speaking to EngineerIT at AfricaCom 2014 in Cape Town: Darwin Costa, peering business manager of Angola Cables, said that  the African telecommunications industry is experiencing the highest growth rate in internet traffic in the world today.  “As a result of the two new cables, both Angola Cables and NEC are optimistic that high speed and high capacity to carry  international data transmissions will boost international trade between Africa and the world.”

Angola Cables operates a state of the art data centre in Luanda, supplying the national and regional market connectivity between national operators and  international connectivity. The company also operates Angonix, an ISP that acts as a midpoint internet  traffic sharing exchange.

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