Nigeria and 22 other countries are set to benefit from a 180 terabytes per second (TbPs) capacity undersea cable project. The cable, 2Africa, is being driven by a conglomerate of technology giants, which include Facebook, MTN GlobalConnect, China Mobile International, Orange, STC, Telecom Egypt, Vodafone, and West Indian Ocean Cable Company (WIOCC).
With landings in 23 countries in Africa, the Middle East and Europe, 2Africa is expected to be the most comprehensive subsea cable to serve the African continent and the Middle East region. The parties have appointed Alcatel Submarine Networks (ASN) to build the cable in a fully funded project, which will greatly enhance connectivity across Africa and the Middle East.
“At 37,000km long, 2Africa will be one of the world’s largest subsea cable projects and will interconnect Europe (eastward via Egypt), the Middle East (via Saudi Arabia), and 21 landings in 16 countries in Africa,” a statement from the conglomerate stated.
The system is expected to go live in 2023/4, delivering more than the total combined capacity of all subsea cables serving Africa today, with a design capacity of up to 180Tbps on key parts of the system…
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