Collaborating with Vodafone, Intelvision landed the 2Africa submarine cable system in Seychelles on Thursday April 20, 2023. Intelvision became the first privately owned telecommunication company to venture into the construction and operation of its own submarine cable system. And 2Africa is the third subsea cable connecting Seychelles.

2Africa cable lands in Seychelles
2Africa subsea cable lands in Seychelles, Image courtesy: Seychelles Nation


Built by a consortium comprising China Mobile International, Meta (formerly known as Facebook), MTN Global Connect, Orange, Saudi Telecom Company, Telecom Egypt, Vodafone and WIOCC, and supplied by Alcatel Submarine Networks (ASN), the 2Africa subsea cable system spans approximately 45,000km connecting connecting 46 cable landing stations in 33 countries in Africa, Asia and Europe. It is the longest subsea cable ever built in the world.

Through the 15-year partnership agreement with Vodafone, Intelvision acquired over 600Gbps of international bandwidth on the 2Africa cable system, connecting Seychelles to Asia, Europe and other Afircan countries.

Intelvision invested around $32 million in the project, including the 2Africa Seychelles Branch, cable landing facilities and terrestrial backhual. 

International Finance Corporation (IFC) funded the 2Africa Seychelles Branch through a debt facility of up to US20 million comprised of an A loan of up to US$10 million complemented by the Managed Co-Lending Portfolio Program (MCPP) Infra (Allianz) loan of US$10 million or a B loan. The terrestrial backhaul connections are separate from but associated with the project and are to be developed by Intelvision.

Currently, Intelvision is relying on the Seychelles East Africa System (SEAS) submarine cable for its international connectivity with heavy cost. The 2Africa project represents a major milestone in the company's efforts to provide world-class connectivity solutions to customers in Seychelles.

"With this new cable, we will be able to set our price bar. Currently, we have to buy from the current sea submarine cable, and as such we cannot control the price. We believe that landing our own cable can revolutionise the way the internet is being used in the country today," said Reza Jaro, the interim chief executive of Intelvision.

With over 600Gbps of international bandwidth available on this new cable system, Intelvision will offer a step-up with respect to connectivity speeds for households and business customers. The cable will also increase the speeds and capacity of Intelvision's existing fibre optic system.

2Africa is the 3rd subsea cable system to land in Seychelles.

The Seychelles East Africa System (SEAS) cable system, connecting Seychelles and Tanzania, is the first international submarine cable connecting Seychelles. SEAS is owned and operated by the Seychelles Cable Systems Company Ltd (SCS), an SPV (Special Purpose Vehicle) comprising the Seychelles Government, Cable & Wireless (Seychelles) and Airtel (Seychelles), established in 2008 for the construction and operation of the Seychelles East Africa System (SEAS). 

In addition to the SEAS,SCS invested about US$20million to land the PEACE cable in Seychelles in March, 2022 establishing the second international subsea cable connectiviity to Seychelles.

SEAS, PEACE and 2Africa will form diverse international connections between Seychelles and the rest of the world.