The 2Africa consortium has announced the addition of four new branches of the 2Africa fibre optic cable which will be extended to four African countries.
The four new branches will extended broadband connectivity to Seychelles, the Comoros Islands, and Angola, and bring a new landing to south-east Nigeria
The consortium which comprises China Mobile International, Facebook, MTN GlobalConnect, Orange, STC, Telecom Egypt, Vodafone, and WIOCC recently announced an extension to the Canary Islands.
The 2Africa undersea cable is expected to be the largest in the world delivering faster and more reliable internet service to each country where it lands.
According to the consortium, the new connection to the four countries will support internet services needed in education and healthcare as well as bring social and economic benefits to the communities through enhanced connectivity.
Alcatel Submarine Networks (ASN) has been selected to deploy the new branches, which will increase the number of 2Africa landings to 35 in 26 countries, further improving connectivity into and around Africa.
As with other 2Africa cable landings, capacity will be available to service providers at carrier-neutral data centers or open-access cable landing stations on a fair and equitable basis, encouraging and supporting the development of a healthy internet ecosystem.
Since launching the 2Africa cable in May 2020, the 2Africa consortium has made considerable progress in planning and preparing for the deployment of the cable, which is expected to ‘go live’ in late 2023.
Most of the subsea route survey activity is now complete. ASN has started manufacturing the cable and building repeater units in its factories in Calais and Greenwich to deploy the first segments in 2022.
One of 2Africa’s key segments, the Egypt terrestrial crossing that interconnects landing sites on the Red and the Mediterranean Seas via two completely diverse terrestrial routes, has been completed ahead of schedule. A third diverse marine path will complement this segment via the Red Sea.