Brazil-Angola undersea link gets datacenter

The supporting infrastructure will support the fiber optic cable project

A 3,000 square meter datacenter will be built in the northeast of Brazil to support the requirements of a Brazil-Angola submarine fiber optic cable.

The facility that will serve the South Atlantic Cable System (SACS) project will be created under a partnership between the city of Fortaleza and African telecoms giant Angola Cable.

SACS will have capacity of at least 40 Tbps and is scheduled to commence operations in the first quarter of 2017.It will be the first ever undersea link connecting Africa and South America.

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Currently, the Brazilian city of Fortaleza - which is the point in Brazil that is nearest to Africa and Europe - already has seven submarine fiber optic cables.

In addition to SACS, Angola Cables is also involved as one of the shareholders of Monet, a link connecting Fortaleza and Santos, in the southeast of Brazil, with Boca Ratón in Florida.

Monet, which has Google as another key shareholder, will span 10,556 km (6,560 miles) and six fiber pairs, with overall system design capacity of a whopping 64 Tbps and completion date set for late 2016.

There is currently one cable connecting Brazil to Europe, Atlantis II, which is old and has limited capacity, being almost exclusively used as a telephony link. The country has four other submarine cables, each connecting Brazil to the United States.