The consortium project is ambitious 2Africa to connect 3 billion people to the network via submarine cable. The “first stone” laid a Genoa it is part of a structure which, once the works are finished, will be long 45,000 kilometers: it will be the longest submarine cable in the world.
There are many protagonists of this operation, from Meta – which had already shown the project in detail last year – to China Mobile International, up to Orange, Vodafone, MTN GlobalConnect, stc, Telecom Egypt and WIOCC. The consortium explains that the laying of Genoa “paves the way for future laying operations, which will take place in the coming months“. The conclusion of the works is scheduled for 2024, when there will be 46 connected locations. As regards Genoa, the creation of a terrestrial route is planned to connect the cable laying station of the Ligurian capital to the main Carrier Neutral Data Centers (CNDC)* from Milan.
* A data center is carrier neutral when it is untied from any telecommunications service provider.
The submarine cable – including its own Pearls extension which will reach as far as the Arabian Peninsula, Pakistan and India – will provide connectivity to the 36% of the world population touching three continents: Europe, Africa and Asia. It will be essential for access to different types of services, especially for countries where the connection is not yet available or is only partially available. Think in particular of the fields “education, health care and business, with all the economic and social benefits deriving from the improvement of connectivity conditions“.
2Africa is destined to be a “catalyst for change in the broadband market“: its pose will bring socio-economic benefits to the population and to the productive fabric of the territory.