Angola Cables, a multinational ICT solutions and network service provider, and Flexential, a provider of data centre colocation, cloud and connectivity, have announced a partnership to drive colocation and interconnection options for customers in Southern and West African markets.
Providing access to Angola Cables’ MONET cable, housed in Flexential’s data centre in Fort Lauderdale in the US, this partnership will offer customers connectivity via the low-latency, high-capacity South Atlantic Cable System (SACS).
Flexential notes that the previous Google cable only linked São Paulo in Brazil to Boca Raton. However, it says, recent upgrades made to the MONET cable and Flexential’s partnership with Angola Cables will extend this subsea cable access to an additional point of access in the US. It will also have direct access to the AngoNAP Tier III data centre in Fortaleza, Brazil, and the SACS landing station.
Flexential says its international connection to markets in Africa via simple cross-connect fibre optics stands to significantly benefit its customers, not least by expanding upon its current international subsea cable connections in the Asia-Pacific and Latin America regions.
It explains that Flexential’s customers, many of which have a significant presence in the region, will experience low-latency, express connections not only from Fort Lauderdale, but across all 40 of Flexential’s data centres via the company’s national FlexAnywhere platform. This platform provides the backbone and flexibility needed to move data seamlessly between applications and users, meaning that customers looking to reach the African continent can do so without any geographical limitations.
Ângelo Gama, CEO of Angola Cables says: “Plugging into Flexential’s extensive network of data centres in the US will benefit our clients in Africa by not only extending their presence and exposure to the highly active US market but will open up further opportunities for enterprises in Africa to establish direct connections with parent companies, subsidiaries, business partners and suppliers across the US.”