A few weeks ago, BNamericas reported that Brazilian state owned operator Telebrás was planning a big submarine cable project that would add big bandwidth between South America and each of North America, Europe, and Africa. Apparently they weren’t just messing with us, as this week the news is that they have signed an agreement to build the least likely African leg with Angola Cables.
The approximately 6,000km cable will connect Fortaleza with Luanda, and is said to be likely to cost $150-200M. If all goes well, the system is targeted to go live in the first half of 2014, similar to earlier reports about the US leg. That being said, there still isn’t a heck of a lot of information about this project – and I’m still looking for a map, any map. But much of the timing here is being driven by the coming World Cup tournament in 2014, much as China’s infrastructure got an overhaul in advance of the Olympics four years ago.