The project to connect the continents of Africa and South America via a subsea fiber cable has officially been launched. Yesterday Angola Cables kicked off construction of one of the key infrastructure pieces of SACS.
They are currently installing the cable on the shore of Angola, which hopes to further its goal of becoming a bandwidth hub for all of southern Africa. The idea is to cut 80% off of the current latency between Angola and Brazil, which currently takes a 300ms route up to Europe, across the North Atlantic, and back south. Just how much traffic takes this route is unclear, but whatever that bandwidth is certainly does so very inefficiently.
When complete, SACS will offer up to 40Tbps on the 6500km route between Quissama, Angola and Fortaleza, Brazil, where it will be able to further connect to cable systems there stretching up to North America. Of course, there's a lot of cable yet to be laid on this project. Completion is targeted in 2018.