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Facebook, MTN And Vodafone Partner To Deploy Undersea Cable For Cheaper Internet In Africa

Facebook, Vodafone, MTN and others have just announced plans to roll out Africa’s largest undersea cable – which aims to lower data prices.

The 2Africa cable is expected to go live between 2023 and 2024. It is being built by the above-mentioned consortium which will also include China Mobile and Orange.

This is the world’s first cable that is designed to serve the whole of Africa and will deliver a lot more than the total combined capacity of all the subsea cables serving the continent at the moment. 

The consortium released a statement saying that at a massive 37,000km long, 2Africa is set to be one of the world’s most significant subsea cable projects and will connect the Middle East via Saudi Arabia, Europe via Egypt, and 21 landings in 16 African countries.

The cable will have a higher capacity for fibre and will be offered to all networks in the countries where it lands. That means that no network will have exclusive access to the data. Local pricing will continue to be set by operators, but the increased availability of data and competition should make data prices drop significantly.

The group plans to start laying the cable later this year.

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