Facebook will partner with a group of telecoms operators to build Africa’s internet infrastructure.
Facebook stated in a statement that it will partner with six other companies including China Mobile International, Telecom Egypt and Vodafone to construct what they are calling “2Africa.”
The project will build a massive 22,990-mile-long undersea cable around Africa, which the statement said “will greatly enhance connectivity across Africa and the Middle East.”
Alcatel Submarine Networks will lead construction on the line, which will run from Spain across the Mediterranean, along the Suez Canal and across the eastern breadth of Africa before turning northwards near the Cape of Good Hope, running along the continent’s western flank and up to the UK.
Facebook’s Executive, Najam Ahmad, expressed, “We’re excited to be collaborating with our 2Africa partners on the most comprehensive subsea cable that will serve the continent. 2Africa is a key pillar supporting this tremendous internet expansion as part of Africa’s surging digital economy.”
It will consist of 21 “landings” in 16 African countries, and the group says that service providers in those countries “will obtain capacity in carrier-neutral data centres or open-access cable landing stations on a fair and equitable basis.”
It is expected to be available between 2023 and 2024.