Angola Cables, a joint venture of several Angolan telcos established to own and manage high speed bandwidth on international submarine networks, has signed an agreement with global network exchange provider Epsilon Telecommunications to deliver international connectivity across Europe. The largest shareholder in the West Africa Cable System (WACS), Angola Cables will access backhaul services from WACS to London as well as long-haul services in Western Europe connecting its IP traffic to internet exchanges in the UK, the Netherlands and France. Under the agreement, Epsilon is providing a virtual point-of-presence (ePoP) and cross connect services in London, giving Angola Cables efficient access to service provider networks in Europe, Asia and the Americas. Angola Cables’ IP traffic will be distributed to LINX, AMS-IX, Paris and Ashburn internet exchanges while Epsilon will gain access to the Angolan telecoms market. Epsilon is already pre-connected with 500-plus network operators globally and this agreement extends its growing presence in the domestic markets of Africa, its press release adds.
Andreas Hipp, CEO at Epsilon, said: ‘We are excited to be working with Angola Cables as it develops its international connectivity in Europe and has firm plans to connect South America to Africa in the very near future [via the South Atlantic Cable System – SACS – scheduled for launch by end-2014]. Angola is one of the fastest developing economies on the continent and has the potential to become a telecoms and technology hub for Africa.’ Antonio Nunes, CEO of Angola Cables, was in agreement, calling the latest deal ‘one more step towards making Angola an African telecommunications hub.’ Angola Cables is owned by Angola Telecom (51%), Unitel (31%), MSTelcom (9%), Movicel (6%) and Startel (3%).