2Africa Storms the Beach in Cornwall


The submarine cable project 2Africa has reached the beach in Cornwall, England, in another milestone in the effort to increase internet connectivity between Africa and the rest of the world, led by Vodafone UK.

At 28,000 miles long, longer than the earth’s circumference, 2Africa is one of the world’s largest subsea cable systems, and it interconnects three continents: Europe, Asia, and Africa. With a capacity of up to 180 terabits-per-second, Vodafone UK says 2Africa will be the first system to provide continuous connectivity around the African continent with 33 countries. 

In Bude, Cornwall, 2Africa is connected to terrestrial cable routing back to the existing Vodafone Cable Landing Station, where it will connect via two diverse terrestrial infrastructure and fiber routes linking to the London area. 

Vodafone UK is a member of a consortium of international companies, including Bayobab; Center3; China Mobile International; Meta; Orange; Telecom Egypt; and WIOCC. Alcatel Submarine Networks is responsible for the manufacture and installation of the 2Africa cable.

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