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Facebook Plans to Expand the World’s Longest Submarine Cable to 45,000 Kms

Yusuf Balogun
Yusuf Balogun
Yusuf is a law graduate and freelance journalist with a keen interest in tech reporting.

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Today, September 28, the American multinational technology company Facebook has planned to expand the world’s longest submarine cable, with a total length exceeding 45,000 kilometers.

The announcement was made by Facebook that it has decided to add a new part to the structure called 2Africa Pearls, which will connect Africa, Europe, and Asia.

The planned 2Africa submarine cable system, which has backing from Facebook and MTN Group, will be extended to the Arabian Gulf, India, and Pakistan through a new segment.

China Mobile International, Facebook, MTN GlobalConnect of South Africa, Orange of France, STC of Saudi Arabia, Telecom Egypt, Vodafone of the United Kingdom, and Wiocc, an investor in the Essay cable system along Africa’s east coast, make up the 2Africa consortium.

Once completed, It will be the world’s longest submarine cable system, according to Facebook’s initial announcement. 2Africa was supposed to lay 37,000 kilometers of cables under the water.

The company stated this month that it would expand its cable service to four additional locations in the Seychelles, Comoros, Angola, and southeastern Nigeria. The new cable route will be about 45,000 kilometers long in all.

Kevin Salvadori, the company’s network infrastructure vice president, said that the complete plan will provide services to more people.

In his wordings: “The original 2Africa project only planned to connect 1.2 billion people, but with the addition of the Pearls structure, the cable will be able to connect a total of 3 billion people.”

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