ADDIS ABABA – The 2Africa consortium has added four new branches to the 2Africa cable, extending its connectivity from Seychelles, the Comoros Islands, and Angola, as well as bringing a new landing to south-east Nigeria.
The new branches join the recently announced extension to the Canary Islands.
The consortium, composed of China Mobile International, Facebook, MTN GlobalConnect, Orange, stc, Telecom Egypt, Vodafone, and WIOCC, selected Alcatel Submarine Networks (ASN) to deploy the new branches.
ASN will increase the number of 2Africa landings to 35 in 26 countries, further improving connectivity into and around Africa.
The largest subsea cable project in the world, which will deliver faster, more reliable Internet service to each country where it lands, will enable access to capacity, on a fair and equitable basis, for service providers at carrier-neutral data centers or open-access cable landing stations.
“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,” the consortium said in a statement.
Since launching the 2Africa cable in May 2020, the 2Africa consortium has made significant progress in planning and preparing for the deployment of the cable, which is expected to go live late in 2023.
Most of the subsea route survey activity is now complete and ASN has started manufacturing the cable and building repeater units in its factories in Calais and Greenwich to deploy the first segments in 2022.
Further, the Egypt terrestrial crossing that interconnects landing sites on the Red Sea and the Mediterranean Sea through two completely diverse terrestrial routes and is one of 2Africa’s key segments, has been completed ahead of schedule.
A third diverse marine path will complement this segment through the Red Sea, the statement concludes.