South Atlantic Cable System Goes Live

The cable will enable African internet service providers and users a more direct, secure path to the Americas - without having to pass through Europe.

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The Internet of Things offers great opportunities for Africa. Shutterstock
The Internet of Things offers great opportunities for Africa. Shutterstock

The South Atlantic Cable System (SACS) is now on-stream and open for commercial traffic.

The new 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.

It is owned and managed by Angola Cables has been designed with 100Gbps coherent WDM technology on an end-to-end solution.

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.

SACS offers a high quality of service and improved latency of up to 60% over current routing options.

The cable will also contribute to reductions in data traffic costs between South America and Africa, offering savings to operators that in turn, could be passed onto end-users and customers.

António Nunes, CEO of Angola Cables 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.”

The new routing will dynamically change the internet traffic patterns within the Southern Hemisphere and combined with Monet & WACS, will dramatically alter global digital traffic routing options. 

SACS is a new thoroughfare for data between networks, major content providers and some of the fastest growing markets for data consumption.

“Our ambition is to transport South American and Asian data packets via our African hub using SACS, and together with Monet and the WACS, provide a more efficient direct connectivity option between North, Central and South America onto Africa, Europe and Asia,” says Nunes. 

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