According to stc, the 2Africa consortium, comprised of China Mobile International, Facebook, MTN GlobalConnect, Orange, stc, Telecom Egypt, Vodafone and WIOCC, announced on Monday the addition of a new branch to the 2Africa cable. The branch will extend 2Africa’s connectivity in to The Gulf region. The Gulf branch has been named 2Africa Pearls. 2Africa cable system will connect 46 cable landing stations in 33 countries in Africa, Asia and Europe. This extension will bring the total length of the 2Africa cable system to over 45,000 kilometers, making it the longest subsea cable system ever deployed in the world.