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Brazil-Angola undersea cable link planned
28 March 2012
Telebras and Angola Cables agree on 6,000 kilometre undersea cable connecting Brazil with Africa
Brazil’s state-run telecommunications service provider Telebras has agreed with Angola Cables to build a 6,000-kilometre cable from South America to Africa. A global tender for the cable will be launched by June, said Caio Bonilha, chairman of Telebras, and the cable may become operational in the first half of 2014.
The cable, connecting Fortaleza, Brazil with the Angolan capital, Luanda, will provide a faster route between Brazil and southern Africa for data and phone calls, which today have to go via the US and Europe. The new cable is likely to cut data traffic costs between South America, Africa andonwards to Asia by 80%.
António Nunes, chairman of the executive commission of Angola Cables, told the Angolan press: “It is a cable that will have a lot of demand, mainly because it will be the first undersea cable in the South Atlantic linking the two continents.” Bonilha said Telebras has reserved $65 million for undersea cable projects in 2012. GTB
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