A new internet cable network known as the South Atlantic Cable System (SACS) is now on-stream and open for commercial traffic, Angola Cables, a telecommunications multinational firm, has said.
SACS, a digital information highway, is the first and fastest link between Africa and the Americas with the lowest latency and will provide a more direct routing for internet traffic in the Southern Hemisphere.
SACS, which is owned by Angola Cables was manufactured and powered by the NEC Corporation, a Japanese multinational provider of information technology services. It is one of the most advanced submarine telecommunications systems to go into commercial operation connecting Angola (Africa) and Brazil (South America).
Following the cable’s completion, data transfer speeds will be greatly improved, becoming five times faster than existing cable routings, reducing latency from Fortaleza (Brazil) to Luanda (Angola). Luanda will also connect to London and Miami with approximately 128 milliseconds latency. These two major content hubs, will position Angola as a strategic point to serve the transatlantic region with low latency and resilient connections.
In a recent statement, Angola Cables CEO, Antonio Nunes, said that the commercialisation of the cable is more than just a game-changer when it comes to data connectivity and services between the two continents. It is estimated that direct communications between Africa and the Americas will generate multiple advantages worldwide for internet service providers (ISP’s), Cloud Service Providers (CSP’s) and Over the Top Content Providers (OTT’s) making use of these connections.
“Our ambition is to transport South American and Asian data packets via our African hub… and provide a more efficient direct connectivity option between North, Central and South America onto Africa, Europe and Asia,” Nunes explained.
“By developing and connecting ecosystems that allows for local IP traffic to be exchanged locally and regionally, the efficiency of networks that are serving the Southern Hemisphere can be vastly improved. As these developments progress they will have considerable impact for the future growth and configuration of the global internet,” says Nunes.
According to Angola Cables, the commissioning of the SACS cable is a gigantic leap forward in trans-Atlantic connectivity and will have a profound impact on global digital connectivity. It is expected to fast-track commercial activity in the ICT sectors, and stimulate the emerging economies in Latin America and Africa.
The cable will enable African internet service providers and users a more direct, secure path to the Americas, without having to pass through Europe.
Content service providers in Latin America will also stand to benefit with the option of using the SACS route to reach markets in Africa and Europe without utilizing the traditional and high volume, Northern Hemisphere internet traffic routings.