Nexans has manufactured and tested 6,000 km of submarine fibre optic cables for the South Atlantic Inter Link (SAIL) project connecting Cameroon to Brazil, enabling a faster and more stable Internet connection between Africa and South America.
Latency has been a cause of great frustration for IT businesses in Africa as their communications with America needed to take the long way round, being routed via Western Europe. Even a delay of only a few milliseconds can make the difference between profit and loss for businesses dealing with financial transactions. The aim of the SAIL project is to change this by developing new direct, low latency connection across the South Atlantic.
As a phase II of Cameroon’s National Broadband Network development (NBNII), the SAIL project will link Cameroon to Brazil. Nexans has played a critical role in the project by manufacturing the fibre optic cables for the 6,000 km link based on its second-generation unrepeatered technology. The link comprises four fibre pairs, each with a bandwidth of 100 Gbit/s.
Earlier this year, customer representatives from Huawei Marine Networks and the end customer Camtel and China Unicom were present when the final System Acceptance Test (SAT) for Phase 2 was successfully accomplished at Nexans facilities in Rognan, Norway.
“Producing Nexans’ first transatlantic cable is a significant milestone in our continuous development program to add value for our customers, based on a skilled and experienced team and the creation of effective working partnerships,“ said Krister Granlie, Executive Vice President, Submarine Telecom and Special Cables, Nexans. “We worked closely with Huawei Marine Networks to integrate the optical repeaters with the cables. By delivering this project on time and to the highest quality standards, we have reinforced our position within the repeatered cable system market.”
The SAIL project builds on Nexans’ collaboration with Huawei Marine Networks in the framework of Phase I, the Nigeria-Cameroon Cable System, which was delivered to Camtel and China Unicom back in 2015. The submarine fibre optic cable link between Brazil and Cameroon will be operational at the end of the third quarter of 2018.