Facebook and its partners unveiled their ambition to connect Africa to a new submarine fiber optic system. Gabon, which is one of the countries on the continent chosen to host a landing point for this infrastructure, is currently studying its participation in the project.
Edgard Anicet Mboumbou Miyakou, Gabon’s Minister of Communication and Digital Economy, opened a consultation with players in the national telecoms sector, Thursday, December 17, on the merits of a connection from Gabon to “2 Africa” fiber optic submarine system. The telecoms infrastructure which should encircle Africa is carried by Facebook in partnership with the companies China Mobile International, MTN GlobalConnect, Orange, STC, Telecom Egypt, Vodafone and WIOCC.
According to gabonreview.com which reports the information, it is the mobile telephone operator Airtel Gabon which has been chosen as an intermediary with the local authorities. The information platform indicates that Gabon’s response to this project will be officially given in a few weeks by the Ministry of Communication and Digital Economy. Gabon is one of the 16 African countries chosen by Facebook to host a landing station for the 37,000 km 2Africa cable. Its construction has been entrusted to Alcatel Submarine Networks (ASN).
The system is expected to be commissioned in 2023/2024 and provide a nominal capacity of up to 180 Tbit / s. It should meet the population’s demand for ever greater capacity and will facilitate the deployment of 4G, 5G and access to fixed broadband.