Africa-South America undersea cable completed

from ROSY SADOU in Yaoundé, Cameroon
YAOUNDE, (CAJ News) – A MAJOR milestone has been reached with the completion of a 6 000-kilometre submarine fibre optic cable connecting Africa to South America.

The South Atlantic Inter Link (SAIL) project connecting Cameroon to Brazil is set to provide the continents with a faster and more stable internet connection.

The new link, comprising four fibre pairs, each with a bandwidth of 100 Gbit/s, will help meet the growing demand for high speed broadband in Africa and South America.

It will be operational at the end of the third quarter of 2018.

Nexans, the global expert in cables, manufactured and successfully tested the link, which is in its second phase.

“We are very satisfied with Nexans performance in the work of SAIL cable manufacturing, as well as integration, and look forward to cooperation with Nexans in near future,” said Kevin Zhang, Project Director, Huawei Marine Networks.

Earlier this year, customer representatives from Huawei Marine Networks and the end customer Camtel and China Unicom were present when the final System Acceptance Test (SAT) for the second phase successfully accomplished at Nexans facilities in Rognan, Norway.

The SAIL project builds on Nexans’ collaboration with Huawei Marine Networks in the framework of Phase I, the Nigeria-Cameroon Cable System, which was delivered to Camtel and China Unicom in 2015.

The successful delivery of Nexans’ first transatlantic cable crowns a decade of close partnership between Huawei Marine Networks and Nexans.

Krister Granlie, Nexans Executive Vice President, Submarine Telecom and Special Cables, said producing Nexans’ first transatlantic cable was a significant milestone in their continuous development programme to add value for customers, based on a skilled and experienced team and the creation of effective working partnerships.

The company worked closely with Huawei Marine Networks to integrate the optical repeaters with the cables.

“By delivering this project on time and to the highest quality standards, we have reinforced our position within the repeated cable system market,” Granlie said.
– CAJ News

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