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New Brics Undersea Cable| Technical by Staff Reporter
A new BRICS undersea cable will be established
SA President Jacob Zuma last month announced that plans were in the pipeline for the BRICS nations to establish a 34,000-kilometre undersea cable linking the countries.
Details on this plan are now becoming available.
Zuma announced the 34,000-kilometre cable initiative, which would cost around $1-billion (R8-billion) to get started (according to private equity firm Imphandze Investment Holdings), last month during the BRICS summit in New Delhi, India.
Imphandze said it would promote the building of the cable as it believed it would lead to more direct and cohesive communications between the five BRICS countries.
Imphandze added that the communications between the BRICS nations currently relied on connectivity through hubs situated in Europe and North America, raising concerns over reliability and security.
The cable is expected to stretch for 34,000-kilometres from the Russian Pacific coast, along china, around India, past South Africa, then on to Brazil and finally the United States of America.
The BRICS cable would also connect with several existing cables, including SEACOM and the soon-to-be launched WACS (West African Cable System).
See below for a map of the new cable