The Seychelles government and telecom operators are investing in strengthening the national telecom infrastructure to support the digital transformation of the economy. The country connected in 2022 to its second international submarine cable, ten years after the first.
The Seychelles telecommunications company Intelvision has connected the Seychelles to the 2Africa fiber optic submarine cable, in partnership with the British company Vodafone. The infrastructure landed in the country on Thursday, April 20, according to the national news agency. In particular, it should make it possible to provide the population with improved connectivity services at reduced prices.
It was in June 2022 that Intelvision signed a partnership agreement with Vodafone for the introduction of 2Africa cable in the Seychelles; the British company being a member of the consortium behind the construction of this 45,000 km long infrastructure. Scheduled to last 15 years, the cooperation between the two operators is supported by the International Finance Corporation (IFC), which is financing the project to the tune of 20 million USD. Intelvsion has invested around 32 million USD in it.
2Africa reinforces the high-speed telecommunications infrastructure of the Seychelles, of which it is the third international submarine cable. The country has long depended on the Seychelles East Africa System (SEAS) cable which it connected in 2011. The country then connected to the Pakistan East Africa Cable Express (PEACE) in March 2022 with a total investment of USD 20 million . These various investments reflect the efforts made by the Seychelles government to accelerate digital transformation.
“ With this new cable, we will be able to set our price bar. Currently we have to source from the current submarine cable and therefore cannot control prices. We believe that installing our own cable can revolutionize the way the internet is used in the country today ,” said Reza Jaro (pictured, left), acting chief executive of Intelvision.