Cameroon Is A Communication Hub in Africa: Brazilian Ambassador

By Etienne Mainimo

Brazilian Ambassador to Cameroon, Vivian Loss Sanmartin says the South Atlantic Inter Link (SAIL) that connect links the two countries will make Cameroon becomes a communication hub in Africa.

The Brazilian Diplomat made the assertion on August 27 after visiting the SAIL cable landing station in Kribi, South Region of the country.

Vivian Loss Sanmartin was accompanied by the Director General of CAMTEL, Judith Yah Sunday alongside officials from the Minister of External Relations, Ministry of Post and Telecommunications, Telecommunications Regulatory Agency, ART and dignitaries of the South Region.

“This is a great initiative and we appreciate it in maintaining our relationship in general and technology in particular. We support all kinds of initiatives that brings us together and we believe that Cameroon has an opportunity to become a hub in this region of Africa,” Brazilian Diplomat said.

She added that, “I believe that investors in Brazil will be interested in joining this beautiful initiative.”

On her part, the Director General, DG of CAMTEL said, the infrastructure constitutes and make Cameroon a hub of digitisation in the Central African Sub-Region as far as content (multimedia, telemedicine, videos, streaming, cloud computer) among other things is concerned.

Judith Yah Sunday added that the construction of SAIL is inscribed as top priority of the development of communication infrastructure in the country.

In the meantime, Georges Mpoundi Ngolle, Head of Business Unit Transport at CAMTEL highlighted the benefits of the interconnection stating that, among other things, it is going to allow more fluency on connectivity from Cameroon to the rest of the world and vice versa, fast and more affordable internet connection.The South Atlantic Inter Link (SAIL) otherwise known as Cameroon-Brazil Cable System or (CBCS) is a submarine communications cable in the South Atlantic Ocean linking Kribi, Cameroon with Fortaleza, Brazil.

in addition, SAIL is an intercontinental submarine cable across the South Atlantic sea area, connecting the continent of Africa and South America establishing new Internet channels for Africa-South America, Africa-North America and South America-Europe.

The cable landing points are operated by Camtel in Kribi and by China Unicom Brazil in Fortaleza. China Unicom provided the project management and business operation support, while the engineering construction was contracted from Huawei Marine Networks. The whole project lasted for 14 months and was completed in August 2018.

The cable measures approximately 6,000 km in length and contains four optical fibre pairs, each capable of transmitting 100 wavelengths with a bandwidth of 100 Gbit/s (gigabits per second), for a design capacity of 32 Tbit/s (terabits per second). 

The project was financed through the Concessional Loan and Preferential Export Buyer’s Credit of China Exim Bank.

China Unicom and CAMTEL jointly invested and constructed the SAIL submarine cable.