Fastest cable between Africa and the Americas comes on-line

Published: 2 October 2018 - 9:37 a.m.
By: CommsMEA staff writer
The fastest undersea cable linking Africa and the Americas has just come on-line.

The South Atlantic Cable System (SACS) is now up-and-running, providing the lowest latency (signal delay) of any cable connecting Africa and the Americas. In a nutshell, the cable will provide a more direct “route” for Internet traffic in the Southern Hemisphere – which could greatly increase speeds.

The Angola Cables-owned SACS was manufactured and is powered by the NEC Corporation. Physically, it connects the African nation of Angola with Brazil.

According to Angola Cables, data transfer speeds will be greatly improved, by up to five times faster than existing cable routings. The latency period will also be dramatically slashed, 350 milliseconds to 63 milliseconds – or, in other words, almost instantaneously.

Aside from physically connecting Angola and Brazil, the cable also connects to London, Miami and Cape Town.

Angola Cables CEO António Nunes says the new cable is “more than just a game-changer” when it comes to data connectivity and services between the two continents. “Our ambition is to transport South American and Asian data packets via our African hub using SACS, and together with [other large cables], provide a more efficient direct connectivity option between North, Central and South America onto Africa, Europe and Asia,” he says.

“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.”

SACS is 100% owned and managed by Angola Cables. The cable can handle roughly 40 terabits of data per second.

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