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Key turning point for the Internet in Africa

sacsFrom PEDRO AGOSTO in Luanda Angola
KINSHASA, (CAJ News) – THE installation of the South Atlantic Cable System(SACS), the first direct link between Africa and South America, will provide a paradigm shift in the telecommunications sector in Africa.The rollout of the cable has gained momentum following an official launch in Sangano, Angola.
The – an underwater cable with a capacity of 40 tbps will extend over more than 6 500 km in Fortaleza, Brazil-began on the Angolan coast in the municipality of Quissama.NEC Corporation is constructing the SACS system.
Currently, it takes about 300 milliseconds to connect between Angola and Brazil. With SACS, latency – the delay between a sent and received data packet – should be reduced to about 60 milliseconds.
“The installation of SACS represents the realization of a dream, a development that reflects our ability to find solutions and overcome challenges, always keeping the final goal in mind,” said António Nunes, CEO of Angola Cables.
The phase of cable installation on the Angolan shore is one of the most important aspects of the project because several levels of interaction and simultaneous activities are necessary with several entities constituting a critical and high-risk moment.
“The protection of the cable and the involved teams is one of the aspects analyzed and, consequently, the work is rigorous and well planned,” said Nunes.
CAJ News

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