Angola Cables on SACS subsea data cable installation connecting Angola to Brazil: Interview with Andrew Fletcher Cole, Senior Account Director, Atmosphere Communications.
Satellite communication receives a boost in Africa with the inauguration of the South Atlantic Cable System (SACS) in Sangano, Angola. The project, will for the first time, link the south-western coast of Africa to the world’s richest source of internet data, the Americas, once the 6500km-long subsea cable detours at Fortaleza, Brazil. This will act as a telecommunication and technological catalyst, bringing connectivity between the two continental shelves to near-instantaneous speeds. To explore this development, Bizrika spoke to Angola Cables.
1. How long will it take to bring SACS subsea data cable into Angola?
SACS is scheduled for completion in mid-2018. There is much to roll-out apart from undersea cables, including the establishment of a tier-III data centre in Fortaleza, Brazil, to interconnect three continents (South America, North America and Africa).
2. Is accessing data directly from the Americas-the world’s biggest source of data- the highest gain of bringing SACS to Angola?
There are multiple benefits to Angola and Africa as a result of SACS being operational. We expect data flows to increase massively between the Americas and Africa, as well as within the continent. The potential for content providers, ISPs and other service providers to increase their presence in the sub-Saharan region is also tremendous. To accommodate the needs of various organisations – from governments to R&D institutions to satellite companies – Angola Cables operates a neutral IXP called Angonix, and manages data centre in Luanda called Angonap.
3. It currently takes 300 milliseconds to connect between Angola and Brazil. How greatly will this speed improve with the installation?
With SACS, the latency will be reduced fivefold.
4. Is this just a development for Internet and telecoms in Angola or for the entire Africa?
SACS is a project that will not only benefit the continent, but also organisations in other parts of the world like the Middle East and Asia looking for new and faster access to the Americas, as well as improved network redundancy.
5. Angola’s capital, Luanda is seen as having one of the most expensive city living standards in Africa. Will this installation make life cheaper communication-wise?
SACS will be one of the factors for service providers to consider as part of their pricing models. It would follow that with more capacity supplied and increasing competition on the continent, prices should fall.
6. Does Angola Cables plan to penetrate to other regions of Africa with similar data cable projects?
Angola Cables is well established in the sub-Saharan region and plans to grow its presence as part of developing a telecoms hub to the benefit of numerous countries. One of the areas where Angola Cables sees great opportunity is to strengthen ties with Lusophone countries, in particular Brazil, and we have already announced Teraco as a colocation partner, our first POP in South Africa. In Africa, Angola Cables has focused on the 15 member states of the Southern African Development Community (SADC), having established itself as the main international telecom service provider for the Angolan market.
Andrew Fletcher Cole
Senior Account Director
Mobile: +27 (0)79 483 3208
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