Airtel Telesonic, the wholesale arm of Airtel Africa, has announced the successful activation of the 2Africa submarine cable system, with its initial phase linking Kenya, Tanzania, and South Africa.

Spanning approximately 45,000km, the 2Africa is the longest subsea cable system in the world, connecting 46 cable landing stations in 33 countries in Africa, Asia and Europe.

The 2Africa consortium comprises Bayobab, China Mobile, Meta, Orange, Saudi Telecom, Telecom Egypt, Vodafone and WIOCC. The 2Africa cable system is supplied by Alcatel Submarine Networks (ASN), with a design capacity of up to 180Tbps on 16 fiber pairs on key parts of the system.

Airtel is not a member of the 2Africa consortium, but it has been involved in the project through landing the cable in certain markets, including Tanzania, the DRC, Congo, Kenya and India.

Prior to the activation of segments linking Kenya, Tanzania, and South Africa, Intelvision, in collaboration with Vodafone, activated the 2Africa Seychelles branch (also known as Intelvision Submarine Cable System, ISCS) in March 2024.