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Angola: Fiber optic cable to enable country to attract investments

Thu, 10 Aug 2017 07:34 - Updated Thu, 10 Aug 2017 07:34

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Photo: Cortesia de Quindala Manuel/Edições Novembro

Luanda - The installation of the submarine fiber optic cables from Africa to America and the rest of the world will allow attracting investments for the country, taking into account the speed and improvement of the quality of the services that this infrastructure can provide to the telecommunications sector.

This was said to on Wednesday in Luanda by the minister of Telecommunications and Information Technologies, José Carvalho da Rocha, when speaking to the press after the launch of the first submarine fiber optic cable called South Atlantic Cable System (SACS), which in 2018 will connect Luanda (Angola) and State of Ceará (Brazil).

The minister stated that the emergence of this platform is a fundamental element to leverage the socioeconomic growth and development of the country.

"We will continue working to have infrastructures that can support and keep pace with the economic growth of the country, creating new opportunities for business and employment for citizens", he said.

He also said that the implementation of SACS will increase speed and improve telecommunication services in the country, gradually reducing the costs of internet access and voice calls.

The official also reported that the installation of SACS is a historic event in the southern region because it is the first cable connecting Africa/South America, making it the epicenter of telecommunications in the African continent.

The implementation of this project is part of the strategy for access to submarine cables, approved in April 2009 by the President of the Republic of Angola, José Eduardo dos Santos and is valued at more than 200 million US dollars.

Asked about the latest information about the launch of Angosat 1, José Carvalho da Rocha assured that the Angolan satellite is ready and tested to go into operation briefly, awaiting only for the preparation of conditions for its start-up.