eFive Telecoms (Pty) Ltd has this week awarded TE SubCom with the supply contract for its undersea cable system, the South Atlantic Express (SAEx).
The two-fibre pair, (80x100Gbs per fibre pair) 9,900km cable system will link South Africa andBrazil, from where onward fast access to North America and Asia will be possible. En route to Fortaleza in Brazil, SAEx will connect Mtunzini, East London, Port Elizabeth and Cape Town,in South Africa; with an unrepeatered spur to St Helena Island, and a branching unit included to enable further connectivity to West Africa.
“SAEx will provide the most direct routing and lowest latency from South Africa to the Americas as well as high speed communications between East and West, placing South Africa at the hub of this network, whilst enhancing the connectivity and reliability of the global submarine cable network ” said eFive’s CEO, Dr Ros Thomas.
The SAEx system will provide a wet link between the east and west coast submarine cable systems supporting southern Africa, and restoration for domestic terrestrial networks, improving South Africa’s connectivity. It satisfies the need for a new route needed to safeguard traffic considered vital for the global economy – thus offering a clear differentiation from existing routes, and optimizes the value of existing Indian Ocean cable systems.