On May 13, the 2Africa undersea telecommunications cable, the world’s longest fiber optic cable with more than 45,000 kilometers around Africa, was laid in Djibouti.
The cable, owned by the META Group and financed by an international consortium of companies, will connect Africa to Asia and Europe, in the future, through a network of 46 continental access points in 33 different countries. It is scheduled to go into service by 2024, and Djibouti Telecom plans to host this new cable at the new Cable Landing Station under construction in the country, which will also host others in the future.
2Africa was laid in Djibouti two years after Djibouti Telecom signed an agreement with Facebook to become a landing station for the cable, in line with the plan implemented by the government since 2014 to provide broadband access to the population.
Over the past decade, the Djibouti government, through Djibouti Telecom, has invested more than $250 million in new submarine cables and terrestrial networks to meet the growing demand for broadband connectivity, and in 2021 the Djiboutian operator doubled its Internet capacity on the DARE1 submarine fiber cable to 400 gigabits per second.
A commemorative ceremony was at Siesta Beach, where the 2Africa cable reached Gibute’s shores, under the patronage of the Minister of Communications in charge of Posts and Telecommunications, Radwan Abdillahi Bahdon, and in the presence of Djibouti Telecom representatives.
Controlled by Facebook, the 2Africa cable arrived in Djibouti after many months of laying this huge submarine network.