According to Qatar News Agency, Vodafone Qatar has launched an international subsea cable station for the 2Africa Pearls cable system. Vodafone Qatar has signed a 20 year agreement with (stc) Saudi Telecom Company - member of the 2Africa consortium. Under the agreement, Vodafone will build and operate an exclusive subsea cable station for the 2Africa Pearl cable system.
Vodafone Qatar is currently building a new cable landing station for the 2Africa Pearls cable system.
In last August, 2Africa consortium announced the addition of a new branch to extend 2Africa’s connectivity into the Arabian Gulf, Pakistan and India, and named the new branch as 2Africa Pearls. With the 2Africa Pearls extension, the 2Africa cable system reaches more than 45,000 kilometers in length, being the longest subsea cable in the world.
2Africa consortium comprises China Mobile International, Facebook, MTN GlobalConnect, Orange, stc, Telecom Egypt, Vodafone and WIOCC, etc.
Alcatel Submarine Networks (ASN) has been awarded supply contract to construct the 2Africa cable.
The 2Africa cable system is expected to go live in 2023/4.