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An alliance between Facebook and several telecom companies announced plans for Africas largest submarine cable, which would reduce data prices.
The huge 2Africa cable is expected to start operating in 2023 or 2024. It is being built by a consortium of “Facebook” and several telecommunications companies such as MTN South Africa, French Orange, British Vodafone, China Mobile China, STC Saudi Arabia and Egyptian Telecom, among others.
This is the first cable in the world designed to serve the whole of Africa, and will provide more than the total capacity of all submarine cables serving the continent today.
“With a length of 37,000 km, 2Africa will be one of the largest marine cable projects in the world and will link Europe (east through Egypt), the Middle East (via Saudi Arabia), and 21 landings in 16 countries in Africa,” the union said.
The cable has more fiber capacity and is offered to all networks in the countries where it will land. This means that no network has exclusive access to data. Operators will continue to set domestic prices, but increased competition and availability of data would make data rates fall.
The United Group said: “This will support the healthy development of the Internet ecosystem, providing the needed access while supporting the growth of 4G and 5G networks from the Internet and fixed broadband to hundreds of millions of people.”
According to the cooperating companies, the cable has a maximum capacity of 180 terabytes per second on the main parts of the system and “will be the most comprehensive submarine cable to serve the African continent and the Middle East region.”
The cable will be built 50% deeper than the existing cables, which will hopefully lead to fewer interruptions on the Internet.
Source: Business Insider