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Massive cable project set to give Africa internet boost

Facebook, and a group of telecom companies including China Mobile International, MTN GlobalConnect, Orange, and Vodafone, are collaborating to build the “most comprehensive” subsea cable to serve the African continent and Middle East region where nearly a billion people are still offline.

The project, called 2Africa, will see the companies lay cables that will stretch to 37,000km (22,990miles) and interconnect Europe (eastward via Egypt), the MiddleEast (via Saudi Arabia), and 21 landings in 16 countries in Africa.

In a joint statement Thursday (May 14th), the companies said they expect the system to be live by 2023 or early 2024. Once live, it should be able to deliver 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.

Source: TechCrunch via Mark Anthony Johnson

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