One month until the subsea Monet Cable System connecting North and South America is fully functional.
(Sao Paulo, Brazil) 2 October, 2017 – An important ‘digital bridge’ between the Americas is approaching completion. According to the telecom multinational Angola Cables, the Monet Cable System will be ‘lit up’ in one month’s time. Making the announcement as part of its participating at Futurecom, the company indicated that the subsea cable system – co-owned by Angola Cables, Google, Algar Telecom and ANTEL – is expected to be fully operational as of November 2017.
Extending more than 6,200 miles, the Monet cable will connect the cities of Santos and Fortaleza in Brazil, and Miami in the United States. Available capacity from Angola Cables on the cable will be 24 Tbps, with two pairs of dark fiber. Data Centre to offer greatest intercontinental connectivityThe Monet system will be complemented by a data center in Fortaleza (Brazil), scheduled to start operating in the first quarter of 2018. The data center will occupy a total area of almost 100,000 square feet and will have, when fully completed, over 32,000 square feet of IT area. Certified as TIER III center, the site will use renewable energy sources and will be the point of the greatest intercontinental connectivity in Latin America.
As of 2018, the international connectivity offered by Angola Cables will include three submarine systems:
- WACS (West African Submarine System), which currently connects 11 countries on the African West Coast to three European countries;
- SACS (South Atlantic Cable System), which connects the Americas and Africa, is scheduled to come on full stream in July 2018 (see below); and
- Monet Cable System connecting Santos and Fortaleza in Brazil, and Miami in the United States.
According to Artur Mendes, Chief Commercial Officer at Angola Cables: “the Fortaleza data center and Monet cable projects are important steps in the company’s growth as we seek to build ‘digital bridges’ between continents. With our transatlantic network in operation, players in the global telecommunications market will have improved route efficiencies and greater exchange alternatives for content.”
Panel discussion on submarine cable systems
At Futurecom, Angola Cables – represented by Arthur Mendes – will participate in a panel that will address essential factors that make the use of submarine data in Brazil feasible. In just two years, the installed broadband capacity in the world has practically doubled. In Latin America, annual demand for broadband Internet has grown 40%, indicating a ripe environment for investments in fiber optic submarine cable systems.
Other Angola Cables projects and assets:
As the first submarine cable to be installed in the South Atlantic, the South Atlantic Cable System (SACS) connects Luanda (Angola), to Fortaleza (Brazil) with an optical fiber cable of about 4,000 miles in length. With a communication capacity of at least 40 Tbps, data transmitted on this cable will between the two countries will take about 63 milliseconds (versus 360 milliseconds for satellite transmission).
The West Africa Submarine System (WACS) is an undersea fiber optic cable which the company has co-operated since 2012. With a length of about 8799 miles, it has a capacity of 14.5 Tbps. The cable links the town of Yzerfontein in South Africa to Highbridge in the United Kingdom. The cable touches 11 African countries on the West Coast and three European countries. About 18 different operators participate in this consortium.
Angonap is a data center owned by Angola Cables and located in Luanda. It is in the process of being expanded due to high demand in the region.
About Angola Cables
Angola Cables is a multinational telecommunications company founded in 2009 that operates in the wholesale market, whose core business is the commercialization of capacity in international circuits of voice and data through a system of submarine cables. It is one of the largest shareholders of WACS (West Africa Cable System), providing operator-level services to operators in Angola and sub-Saharan Africa, quickly becoming one of the leading wholesale IP providers in the region. SACS and Monet – two new projects from the company – will interconnect three continents (South America, North America and Africa) at its data center in Fortaleza, a Tier III type facility.