Vodafone announced the landing of 2Africa cable system at the important UK cable hub of Bude, Cornwall, on June 7, 2024.

2Africa is the world’s largest subsea cable system and will improve internet connectivity between Africa and the rest of the world. The latest landing in Cornwall will facilitate faster and more reliable connectivity for UK businesses wanting to deliver digital services to Africa, and vice versa.

As the lead partner for the UK landing, Vodafone was responsible for managing the physical cable coming ashore, burial on the beach and installation into a new, purpose built beach manhole where 2Africa is connected to terrestrial cable routing back to the existing Vodafone Cable Landing Station. Vodafone also provides 2Africa with onward connectivity via two diverse terrestrial infrastructure and fibre routes linking to the London area.

With a capacity of up to 180 terabits (Tbps) per second, 2Africa will be the first system to provide continuous capacity around the African continent and will connect 33 countries on three continents (Europe, Africa and Asia). Launched in May 2020, when it’s completed, it will be over 45,000 kilometres in length – long enough to stretch around the circumference of the earth.

2Africa cable map
2AFRICA CABLE MAP,  SOURCE: 2AFRICA CONSORTIUM

 

Vodafone owns dual fibre cables that have a lifespan of 25 years. It has recently started carrying customer traffic on part of the cable system. The Vodafone dual fibre cables are named SHARP in honour of the Group’s Head of Subsea Partnerships, Rick Perry, who is marking 50 years in the industry in 2024 (the System Honouring the Achievements of Rick Perry).

The 2Africa consortium is made up of eight international partners: Bayobab; Center3; China Mobile International; Meta; Orange; Telecom Egypt; Vodafone Group; and WIOCC. Alcatel Submarine Networks is responsible for the manufacture and installation of the 2Africa cable. 

Vodafone has been the partner for 11 landings of the 2Africa cable, including Bude (UK), Genoa (Italy), Gqeberha (South Africa), Carcavelos (Portugal) and other landings in Qatar, the Canary Islands, etc.