Communication and data flow between Africa and South America is set to increase rapidly, following the launch of the South Atlantic Cable system which is set to be operation from mid 2018. The cable connects the city of Luanda, Angola with Fortaleza, Brazil.
The optical fiber cable is owned Angola cables, with a design capacity of 40 Tbps. This will interconnect with other cables such as the Seabras-1 cable and the SAT-3/WASC cable, thus forming a better robust backbone for interconnection between the Americas, Africa and Asia.
The impact of this project will be a reduced latency between South America and Africa, from the current 350 ms to 63 ms. This is a major improvement that will also provide a link for Africa to North America without going through Europe, and also connect South America to Europe without going through North America.
When this connection is completed, information will flow faster, making it easier and faster for people to access information from Data Centers located in these regions. CloudPap forecasts that many people will consider hosting data in Africa, as a central location for users in Asia and South America. As time progresses, the demand for servers in Africa will keep increasing.