BRICS leaders at the summit in China

The 100 000km South Atlantic Express (SAex) undersea cable to connect Africa to the Americas has been given the support of the BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) nations.  The nations met in China this month for their annual summit. The newest member, South Africa, stressed Africa's need for infrastructure development. 

The multi-billion dollar cable will bring additional bandwidth to Africa, with a planned 12.8Tbps capacity.

It is being built by Alcatel-Lucent in a project initiated by South Africa-based eFive Telecoms. The cable will be the fastest direct traffic route between Africa and the Americas.

It will connect South Africa to Angola and Nigeria, with a second trunk linking Angola to Brazil. It is scheduled for completion around June 2013.

In announcing the cable late last year, Philippe Dumont, head of Alcatel-Lucent’ s submarine network activity, said: “ Growth in African internet and mobile telephony is driving service providers’ demand for more connectivity options to ensure higher reliability, as well as increased widespread access to bandwidth. This project will further position Africa as a major hub for broadband connectivity.”

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