ABN - Angolan telecommunications company Angola Cables SA and Japan’s NEC Corp announced a US$160 million project to build the first subsea fibre optic
cable system between Africa and South America.
Spanning the South Atlantic, at a length of more than 6,200 kilometres, the cable system will connect Angola’s capital Luanda and Fortaleza in Brazil, enabling data transmission between the two.
The ground-breaking project is expected to be completed by 2018 and will be partly funded by the Japan Bank for International Cooperation, through the Development Bank of Angola.
Once completed, the cable can be connected to an American network and reach Miami enabling Angola and Africa to connect directly with the United States.
Antonio Nunes, Angola Cables CEO, said: “Our main objective is to improve the quality of communication between Africa and the Americas, creating a completely new route in the southern hemisphere.”