Facebook is building $1 billion high speed internet across Africa to boost service on the continent | AfriTV Online

Facebook has partnered alongside telecom giants like MTN, Vodafone, Orange and China Mobile as well as local operators called 2Africa to build a humongous undersea high-speed cable around Africa to provide it with better internet access. The sub sea pr...

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Facebook is building $1 billion high speed internet across Africa to boost service on the continent

Published by: Tobillionaire
05/15/2020 11:03 AM

Facebook has partnered alongside telecom giants like MTN, Vodafone, Orange and China Mobile as well as local operators called 2Africa to build a humongous undersea high-speed cable around Africa to provide it with better internet access.

The sub sea project worth a whopping $1 billion is 37,000 kilometers— about 22,991 miles long, and almost equal the earth’s circumference according to Facebook, and is designed to run from Nigeria and interconnect 23 other countries on the continent to bring high-speed Internet connectivity to its 1.3 billion inhabitants. Facebook contracted Nokia cable owned systems provider Alcatel Submarine Network with building the project. The world’s largest social media company said on a blog post yesterday that the main essence of the project is to bring efficient and high-speed internet connectivity to Africa as the continent so far is the least connected in the world with only about 25% of its population having internet access.

On completion, it will provide nearly thrice the total local network capacity of the entire subsea cables currently serving Africa. Facebook has also stated that 2Africa projects was made more efficient using Aluminum cables against Copper fibers in order to help increase network capacity.

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