Africa to US subsea cable coming soon

13 April 2018


The first direct subsea fibre-optic cable system that will connect SA to Brazil, and eventually to the US, is set for commercial launch in 2020, according to Seaborn Networks COO Andy Bax.

The independent submarine cable company, which operates the most direct subsea system between Brazil's Sao Paulo and New York in the US, last year announced plans to build a route that would be Africa's first direct connection to the US.

Currently, subsea cable systems which have landed on SA's shores don't cater for direct international connectivity. Cable projects such as the West Africa Cable System link SA with the UK along the west coast of Africa. Seacom serves the east and west coasts of Africa, extending its reach into Europe and the Asia-Pacific via India, and the Eastern Africa Submarine Cable System runs from Mtunzini in SA to Port Sudan in Sudan, connecting countries in East Africa to the rest of the world. Read the full article on ITWeb here.