Africa celebrates the arrival of subsea cable networks in Genoa

The 2Africa subsea cables system, which was highly anticipated, has arrived in Genoa. This is the 2Africa consortium’s promise to continue landings over the next months, as the cable will eventually connect three billion people.

According to 2Africa’s news release, the network would be extended to 46 locations by 2024. China Mobile International, Meta and MTN GlobalConnect are part of the consortium.

Announced in May 2020, the 2Africa subsea cable system together with its Pearls extension are designed to deliver “seamless international connectivity” to 36% of the global population. It will connect Africa, Europe, Asia.

Social and economic benefits

It will span 45 000 km and serve communities who rely on the internet to access services such as education, healthcare, and business. All of these communities are able to reap the economic and social benefits of increased connectivity.

Vodafone, the 2Africa landing party, has partnered up with Equinix in order to land the cable directly into Equinix Carrier Neutral Data Centers (CNDC). Retelit will provide the fronthaul. Like all 2Africa cable landings in Genoa, service providers will have access to the capacity on a fair basis. This encourages and supports the development of an internet ecosystem.

2Africa also created a new route that connects the Genoa cable landing platform (CLS) to major CNDCs in Milan, working with an Italian operator.

With the 2Africa project still on track to complete in 2024, good progress continues on the survey work as well as manufacturing.

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