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2Africa is a proposed international submarine telecommunications cable intended to circumnavigate the coastline of the continent of Africa to interconnect Europe and countries in Africa and the Middle East. It is funded by a consortium of companies include several telcos and Facebook.[1] The system will be one of the first to use spatial division multiplexing.[2]

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

The system is to be constructed by Alcatel Submarine Networks.[3] The system is intended to be operational in 2023/2024.[2]


  1. ^ "Facebook, telcos to build huge subsea cable for Africa and Middle East". TechCrunch. Retrieved 2020-05-14.
  2. ^ a b c Chanthadavong, Aimee. "Facebook to build a subsea cable to improve connectivity in Africa". ZDNet. Retrieved 2020-05-15.
  3. ^ "2Africa: New mega subsea cable to connect continent - TechCentral". techcentral.co.za. Retrieved 2020-05-14.

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