The route will ultimately provide onward connection from South Africa to Southeast Asia

Global subsea services firm SAEx has signed an agreement with Alcatel Submarine Networks to begin surveying activities for a new subsea cabling system that will link South Africa with the US.

The 25,000km system will have a capacity of 108Tbps and will be comprised of two major phases. The first phase will connect the US with South Africa, while the second phase will provide onward connectivity to India and Singapore.

“SAEx will support efficiency in Asian and African connectivity by adding a direct, low-latency route that’s able to address the growing capacity requirements for data centre interconnect globally,” SAEx managing director Rosalind Thomas, told the press recently.

“Additionally, it will further evolve South Africa’s positioning as a global hub, providing a direct link between the Americas and Asia, simplifying and enhancing communications between the five most populous countries in the world.”

You can stay up to date on all the latest developments in the subsea and submarine industries at the Submarine Networks EMEA 2019 event, which will be held in London on the 12-13 February 2019. Click here to find out how you can be involved.

Stay up to date on all the developing news from the global telecoms industry by signing up to receive our free newsletter