New ‘South Routing’ will lead to East meeting West in a new digital trade route enabling the sharing of content and programming between Latin American, Africa and Asian markets
Thursday, 18 October 2018: Multinational telecoms company, Angola Cables has announced that it has entered into a strategic business partnership with Silica Networks in Argentina and Silica Networks in Chile to connect their terrestrial fiber networks to the recently commissioned South Atlantic Cable System (SACS).
SACS will be Silica Networks’ preferred Southern Hemisphere routing providing fiber operators and content providers in Argentina and Chile with a direct routing between South America and Africa with onward connections to markets in Asia.
Angola Cables CEO, António Nunes said, “The partnership would strengthen the economic links for the large digital content producers in Brazil, Argentina and Chile, setting up a commercial conduit for them to share content with Africa and other markets and making it digitally possible to connect East with West.”
Now in operation, SACS is already starting to function as a strategic point of connection for the South Atlantic region for South American operators interested reaching markets in the East – at latencies 5x lower than those that exist in the market today. The SACS cable will enable Africa to become an important bridge and pivot point for the exchange of information and data between East and West.
“This is a milestone for the digital economies of Argentina and Chile as it opens up new fronts for entrepreneurship for operators, fiber optic networks and broadband providers accessing the high-capacity services provided by SACS and Angola Cables to the African and Eastern markets,” says Horácio Martinez, CEO of Silica Networks.
Silica Networks provides digital connectivity between Argentina, Brazil and Chile. With a unique network that crosses the Andes in 4 points and approaching São Paulo by two routes being one terrestrial and the other via submarine network. The link to SACS will extend their reach beyond Latin America and Africa making it possible for the increased sharing of Spanish and Portuguese programming and other content to markets in Asia and vice versa.
“The direct Southern Hemisphere neutral routing via SACS has a latency with less than 60% compared to current routing options across the Atlantic and offers high quality Internet traffic with high-speed broadband access on both sides of the South Atlantic.”
Nunes added, “This connection will certainly boost business development in the Latin American, African, Middle and Far East markets, creating a new information highway that will promote a true digital revolution by contributing the establishment of new data exchanges between companies and users within these different regions.”
As part of this this strategic initiative, the interconnection of the fiber optic networks of both companies will result in access to the Pacific via Santiago de Chile, via Las Toninas in Buenos Aires, Argentina and SACS through Fortaleza, Brazil and across the Atlantic to Africa.
The Angola Cables owned and operated, South Atlantic Cable System (SACS) is one of the most advanced submarine telecommunications systems to go into commercial operation connecting Angola (Africa) and Brazil (South America).
The 6000 km subsea cable is the first direct link across the South Atlantic Ocean linking the African continent with the Americas. The project took 25 months to complete. The advance cable network offers a faster routing with higher capacity. As one of the most advanced submarine telecommunications systems and was designed to a capacity of up to 40Tbps (100Gbps x 100 wavelength x 4 pairs of fibre).
Data transfer speeds will be greatly improved (five times faster than existing cable routings), reducing latency from Fortaleza (Brazil) to Luanda (Angola) from 350ms to 63ms. Luanda will also connect to London and Miami with approximately 128 milliseconds latency. These two major content hubs, will position Angola as a strategic point to serve the transatlantic region with low latency and resilient connections.
The SACS cable links the data centre of Angonap Fortaleza, Brazil to Angonap in Luanda, Angola.
About Angola Cables
Angola Cables is an Angolan telecommunications multinational founded in 2009, operating in the wholesale market, its business is the sale of international transmission capacity through submarine fibre optic cables and IP Transit. SACS, Monet and WACS are the three submarine cable systems operated by Angola Cables, which connect four regions (South America, North America, Africa and Europe). Angola Cables manages Angonix, an Internet Exchange Point located in Luanda and the third largest in Africa. Angola Cables also manages two data centers: Angonap Fortaleza, in Fortaleza (Brazil) connected to SACS and Monet and another in Luanda, Angonap Luanda, (Angola) connected to SACS, WACS and additional systems for redundancy purposes.
For more information, visit: www.sacs.angolacables.co.ao
About Silica Networks
Silica Networks is a DATCO group company that provides infrastructure, maintenance and fiber optic transport services, linking the main cities of Argentina with Santiago, Chile. Its fiber ring of more than 12,000 kilometers has an outlet for both the Atlantic and the Pacific, giving it a unique differential for international departures. Silica Networks offers voice, transport and data communications services through SDH, MPLS and IP technologies to more than 200 clients, from Telco, ISP and cable operators in Latin America.