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After many years of planning, a submarine cable system is finally being deployed between Africa and Latin America. This research note explores why investors should be wary of the South Atlantic.


  • This research note explains why this is an important development, why it hasn't been done before, and why investors should be very careful before investing in other South Atlantic cable systems.

Features and Benefits

  • Explains why Africa and Latin America have not yet been directly linked by cable.
  • Highlights the weaknesses of justifications given for other South Atlantic cable systems.

Key questions answered

  • Why is the first cable to directly link Africa and Latin America an important development?
  • Why have Africa and Latin America not been directly linked by cable before?
  • Why should investors be very careful before investing in other South Atlantic cable systems?

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  • Summary
  • The final link in intercontinental communications
  • Ambition meets reality
  • First-mover advantage will mean most proposals will never be realized


  • Further reading
  • Author

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