Undersea cable linking Angola to Brazil may go ahead

Telecoms

Installation of an undersea cable between Brazil and Angola could cost up to US$200 million, the Angolan deputy minister for Telecommunications and Information Technology said in Brasilia Wednesday.

Aristides Safeca took part in a meeting in the Brazilian capital with Brazilian minister for Communications, Paulo Bernardo, representatives of Angolan consortium Angola Cable and Brazilian telecommunications group Oi. According to Safeca, the project is open to the participation of other business groups, and that the project's feasibility studies would be concluded by the end of the end of the first half of this year.

Last week, Angolan Minister for Telecommunication and Information Technology, José Carvalho da Rocha, said in Luanda that installation of the new cable, linking South Africa to the United Kingdom, with an anchor point in Angola, could solve some of the country’s telecommunications problems, mainly international data and voice connections.

The cable will be extended to Angola in February, but services due to be provided based on the terminal stations by project manager Angola Cable will only be available in the first quarter of 2012.

The project for the new undersea cable is a public-private partnership between the Angolan state, represented by Angola Telecom, and operators Movicel, Unitel, Mundo Sartel and Mstelcom.