Cameroon Telecommunications (CAMTEL) has launched installation of the first submarine cable system to directly connect Africa and South America. Called South Atlantic Inter Link (SAIL), the 6000 km long optical fiber links Kribi, Cameroon and Fortaleza, Brazil.

 Map of Cameroon Brazil Cable System route

According to CAMTEL, a cable-laying boat carrying 6000 km of submarine cable left the Norwegian coast on March 21 and landed in Kribi on May 16.

Next, the boat proceeded to installing the cable with the assistance of Huawei Mobile. Huawei expects to take 60 days to lay the 6,000km-long SAIL, and has a target date for completing the installation at the end of August 2018. SAIL will operate at 32Tbps using 100G technology.

Speaking about the project, Cameroon’s Minister of Posts and Telecommunications, Minette Libom Li Likeng, said the project falls within the framework of the national program Broadband Network 2, which began in August 2016.

For Camtel’s Managing Director, David Nkoto Emane, the project whose installation speed is 80 to 120 km per day and estimated at F CFA 200 billion, will propel Cameroon have its digital independence. He says it will place Cameroon among the twenty or so African countries to have submarine cables and whose national economy should derive significant benefits.

Fortaleza, Brazil is a landing station for more than a dozen subsea cables including MONET, the 10,556km cable system owned by Algar Telecom, Angola Cables, Antel and Alphabet, which runs north to Miami and south to Santos in southern Brazil.