Fastest un­der­sea ca­ble be­tween Africa and the Amer­i­cas comes on-line

The South At­lantic Ca­ble Sys­tem will greatly im­prove In­ter­net speeds in the South­ern Hemi­sphere - and pro­mote dig­i­tal in­clu­sion.

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THE SOUTH AT­LANTIC CA­BLE SYS­TEM IS UP AND RUN­NING.

The fastest un­der­sea ca­ble link­ing Africa and the Amer­i­cas has just come on­line for reg­u­lar traf­fic.

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 in South Amer­ica.

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.

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.”

- An­gola Ca­bles CEO An­tónio Nunes

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