Vodacom Mozambique has launched the 2Africa cable in Nacala-Porto.
According to the telecom provider, it is the first undersea cable to land in the country’s north, and a data facility has also opened in the same city.
According to the United Nations, Mozambique is one of the world’s least developed countries, and this landing by Vodacom, the company says, will assist to bring faster, more reliable 4G, 5G, and fixed broadband internet services to the country in support of the Sustainable Development Goals.
2Africa, which was launched in May 2020, is a 45,000 kilometre cable system that will connect 19 African countries and 33 in total.
China Mobile International Limited, Meta, Bayobab, Orange, center3, Telecom Egypt, Vodafone Group, and WIOCC are the eight international partners. These companies have joined forces to deploy 2Africa.
2Africa is scheduled to be finished in 2024 and has the potential to provide an economic effect of US$26.2-36.9 billion, or 0.42-0.58% of Africa’s GDP, within two to three years of its commissioning.
The arrival of 2Africa in Mozambique follows Vodacom’s recent announcement of 5G services to commemorate the company’s 20th anniversary in the Southern African country.
Vodacom, which began operations in Mozambique in December 2003, is currently offering early 5G services in Maputo, Matola, Nampula’s centre district, downtown Nacala, Munhava, Maquinino and Chipanga areas, Beira, and Tete.