New undersea Internet cable for Africa - All the details

Jamie McKane

MyBroadband Journalist
Staff member
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Mar 2, 2016
New undersea Internet cable for Africa - All the details

China Mobile, Facebook, MTN, Orange, Vodafone, and WIOCC recently announced they had established a consortium to roll out and run an undersea fibre cable called 2Africa.

With many of these companies holding stakes in the West Africa Cable System (WACS) and the Eastern Africa Submarine Cable System (EASSy), this raises the question: Is 2Africa an upgrade of these existing cable systems or an entirely new cable?


Executive Member
Feb 1, 2007
More bandwidth is always welcome. Good to hear they took steps to mitigate the reliability issues the other cables have had.


Honorary Master
Oct 19, 2007
The nice thing about this cable is that it wraps Africa from point A being London and last point being Marseille.

Now I don't know how the contracts will work out but let's say the West part of the cable gets cut at Angola then theoretically with the same capacity you will be able as an ISP to switch to the East Coast path.

Hopefully they don't split it at half way. Currently and as everyone knows you need transit on at least 2 cables to achieve the same result. 1 on West coast cable and 1 on an East coast cable. That should no longer be an issue with this cable. Should transit be favourably priced on this cable then this could be an open door to ISPs to save on international transit as a "backup" route over Seacom or EASSy would no longer be needed. Hopefully those cables see this and compete on price to retain clients.