The 2Africa cable is bringing a landing point to South East Nigeria, the consortium of tech giants comprising MTN, Facebook and others backing the world’s largest undersea project have said.
The planned South Eastern Nigerian landing point of the 2Africa cable expected to go live in late 2023 is part of its extension to deliver connectivity to Nigeria, Seychelles, the Comoros Islands, and Angola, Facebook announced today in a statement.
The 2Africa consortium, comprising China Mobile International, Facebook, MTN GlobalConnect, Orange, stc, Telecom Egypt, Vodafone, and WIOCC, says the addition of four new branches to the 2Africa cable joins the recently announced extension to the Canary Islands.
Facebook: 2Africa cable to boost connectivity across Africa
“2Africa, which will be the largest subsea cable project in the world, will deliver faster, more reliable internet service to each country where it lands. Communities that rely on the internet for services from education to healthcare, and business will experience the economic and social benefits that come from this increased connectivity”, Facebook said in the statement.
Under the plan, 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.”
According to Facebook, “As with other 2Africa cable landings, capacity will be available to service providers at carrier-neutral data centres or open-access cable landing stations on a fair and equitable basis, encouraging and supporting the development of a healthy internet ecosystem.”
The group says that 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’ 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” according to Facebook.
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.”
MTN GlobalConnect, a pan-African digital wholesale and infrastructure services company, and an operating company in the MTN Group is part of the consortium backing the 2Africa cable.
MTN GlobalConnect manages MTN’s international and national major wholesale activities, in addition to offering reliable wholesale and infrastructure solutions for fixed connectivity and wholesale mobility solutions that include international mobile services, Voice, SMS, signalling, roaming and interconnect.