World’s first submarine cable to connect Africa and L. America

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World’s first submarine cable is set to be constructed in Angola across the South Atlantic with NEC Corporation as the system supplier.

According to Angola Cables S.A, a contract for the project that will see Angola and Brazil connected via cable has been signed.

This will see a direct link between the African continent to Latin America for the first time, and is set to enable high speed and high capacity international data transmissions, and hence spur trade and economic growth.

“We will continue to develop our Internet highways to enable our telecoms, ISP and enterprise customers to differentiate themselves in today’s competitive and highly-evolving African marketplace,” said Mr. Antonio Nunes, Chief Executive Officer of Angola Cables.

The cable building has come at a time when the continents want feed in the demand for broadband, mobile, broadcasting and enterprise traffic crossing the South Atlantic.

The cable project will feature the latest high quality 4-fiber-pair cable and optical transmission technologies with an initial design capacity of 40Tb/s (100Gb/s x 100 wavelengths x 4 fiber-pairs).

“NEC Corporation is proud to be the system supplier for SACS, a unique cable system that directly links Angola to Brazil and the rest of the world,” said Mr. Naoki Yoshida, General Manager at NEC’s Submarine Network Division.