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Nexans delivers the first transatlantic submarine cable system

Latency is seen as the “enemy” of the digital economy, and even with a delay of a few milliseconds, it can bring the difference between profit and loss for companies dealing with financial transactions. To provide faster and more stable Internet connectivity to Africa and South America, Nexans manufactured and successfully tested a 6,000-kilometer submarine cable for connecting the South Atlantic Interconnect (SAIL) project in Cameroon and Brazil.
Latency has been a cause of frustration for IT companies in Africa, as their communication with the United States requires “long travel” and can only be achieved through Western Europe. The goal of the SAIL project is to change this situation by developing new direct, low-latency connections in the South Atlantic.

As the second phase of Cameroon's National Broadband Network Development (NBNII), the SAIL project will link Cameroon to Brazil. Nexans played a key role in the project by manufacturing 6,000-kilometer fiber-optic cables based on its second-generation non-repetitive technology. The system consists of four fiber pairs with a bandwidth of 100 Gbit/s per fiber pair.

Earlier this year, when the second phase of the final system acceptance test (SAT) was successfully completed at the Nexans plant in Rognan, Norway, representatives from Huawei Ocean and the final customers Cameroon Telecom and China Unicom attended the meeting.

"We are very satisfied with Nexans' performance in SAIL cable manufacturing and integration work and look forward to working with Nexans in the near future," said Kevin, Director of Huawei Ocean Projects.

“The production of Nexans’ first transatlantic cable is an important milestone in our sustainable development program, based on skilled, experienced teams and effective partnerships designed to add value to our customers,” Nexans Seabed According to Krister Granlie, executive vice president of cable, "We are working closely with Huawei to integrate optical repeaters with cables. By delivering this project on time and achieving the highest quality standards, we have further consolidated our position in the trunk cable system market. ”
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