2Africa is an international submarine telecommunications cable that circumnavigates the coastline of Africa to interconnect Europe and the Middle East. It is funded by a consortium of companies include several telcos and Meta.[2] The system will be one of the first to use spatial division multiplexing (SDM1).[3][4]

Cable typeFibre-optic
Area servedAfrica, Middle East, and Europe[1]

2Africa pass from Europe through the Atlantic Ocean and Indian Ocean, and then back into Europe via the Red Sea and the Mediterranean Sea.[3]

The system is to be constructed by Alcatel Submarine Networks.[5] and is intended to be operational in 2023.[3] On 9 December 2022, the cable landed in South Africa, which will be formally launched by MTN Group on 13 December 2022.[6][4]

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  1. ^ "Building 2Africa, a transformative subsea cable to better connect Africa". Facebook Engineering. 2020-05-14. Retrieved 2020-06-26.
  2. ^ "Facebook, telcos to build huge subsea cable for Africa and Middle East". TechCrunch. Retrieved 2020-05-14.[permanent dead link]
  3. ^ a b c Chanthadavong, Aimee. "Facebook to build a subsea cable to improve connectivity in Africa". ZDNet. Retrieved 2020-05-15.
  4. ^ a b Vermeulen, Jan (9 December 2022). "Facebook's massive undersea cable lands in South Africa". MyBroadband. Retrieved 9 December 2022.
  5. ^ "2Africa: New mega subsea cable to connect continent - TechCentral". techcentral.co.za. Retrieved 2020-05-14.
  6. ^ "2Africa Lands in Ras Ghareb, Egypt - IT News Africa - Up to date technology news, IT news, Digital news, Telecom news, Mobile news, Gadgets news, Analysis and Reports". www.itnewsafrica.com. Retrieved 2022-12-09.

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