Mubasher: The 2Africa consortium, comprised of China Mobile International, Facebook, MTN GlobalConnect, Orange, Saudi Telecom Company (stc), Telecom Egypt, Vodafone, and WIOCC, announced that a new segment has been added to the 2Africa subsea cable system.
The 2Africa PEARLS branch extends to the Arabian Gulf, India, and Pakistan which increased the total length of the 2Africa cable system to more than 45,000 kilometres (km), making it the longest subsea cable system ever deployed, according to a statement on Tuesday.
The cable system currently connects three continents, Africa, Europe and Asia terrestrially through Egypt, by adding landing locations in Oman (Barka), UAE (Abu Dhabi and Kalba), Qatar (Doha), Bahrain (Manama), Kuwait (Kuwait), Iraq (Al-Faw), Pakistan (Karachi), India (Mumbai), and a fourth landing in Saudi Arabia (Al Khobar).
This follows previous extensions to the Canary Islands, the Seychelles, Comoros Islands, Angola, and a new landing to south-east Nigeria.
"As with other 2Africa cable landings, capacity will be available in PEARLS landings at carrier-neutral facilities or open-access cable landing stations on a fair and equitable basis, encouraging and supporting the development of a healthy internet ecosystem," the statement showed.
"To further support a burgeoning global digital economy, the expanded system will serve an even wider range of communities that rely on the internet for services from education to healthcare, and businesses, providing economic and social benefits that come from increased connectivity."
With 2Africa PEARLS, 2Africa, which will be deployed by Alcatel Submarine Networks (ASN), will provide international connectivity to 3 billion people, representing 36% of the global population.