Airtel Africa activates 2Africa subsea cable connecting Kenya, Tanzania and South Africa

Airtel Africa has announced the successful activation of the 2Africa submarine cable system, connecting Kenya, Tanzania, and South Africa, 

The 2Africa cable system is one of the largest subsea projects globally, designed to interconnect Africa, Europe, and Asia. 

This activation is part of a broader initiative to deliver faster and more resilient internet services, supporting the digital transformation across Africa.

Airtel Africa through its wholesale arm of Airtel Telesonic achieved this milestone with their partnership with Alcatel Submarine Networks, which is an industry leader in optical submarine networks deployed worldwide, with the ability to offer turn-key solutions utilizing the latest technology, both in subsea infrastructure and transmission capacity.

“The activation of the 2Africa submarine cable is a monumental step in our mission to bridge the digital divide in Africa. Airtel is proud to launch the first phase of 2Africa cable system powered by the latest SLTE equipment from our partner.’’ PD Sarma, CEO of Airtel Telesonic said.

‘’This project not only underscores our commitment to investing in advanced infrastructure but also our dedication to empowering communities with the tools they need to thrive in the digital age. This is a significant milestone underscoring the power of collaboration and innovation to bring the world’s longest Submarine cable system to Africa,” he added.

The 2Africa submarine cable is set to transform the digital landscape in Africa, providing unprecedented opportunities for connectivity and growth. 

As Airtel Africa continues to expand its network, the company said it remains committed to delivering innovative solutions that meet the evolving needs of its customers.

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Nixon Kanali

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