Since October 20, 2016, Cameroonian engineers of Camtel, the incumbent telecoms, and Huawei Technologies, the Chinese company; are at work off the Cameroonian town of Kribi. It is a question for them, we learn from good sources, to determine the route of the submarine cable of 6,000 km, which will connect the city of Fortaleza, Brazil, in the seaside town of Kribi, located in the southern region of Cameroon.
According to our sources, this exploration, which will be completed in December 2016, are made using a specialized vessel. Specifically, in addition to determining the cable route, the ongoing work will be fixed on the quantities and types of cable sheaths to use during the infrastructure deployment. All of which will help to refine the final budget of the project, which is currently estimated at about 270 billion CFA francs.
Built by a consortium formed by CAMTEL and Unicom of China, the first optic fiber cable linking Africa to the Americas, called “South Atlantic Inter Link,” is scheduled to be delivered in the last quarter of 2018, according to the official timetable .
It will become the fourth submarine cable which will connect Cameroon. After the SAT 3, deployed by the Cameroon government, the WACS, deployed by the local subsidiary of MTN International and ACE, being deployed by Orange Cameroon.