The Federal Government of Somalia has welcomed sub-sea internet cable that will connect the country to Europe and the Middle East.

A group of telecom companies including China Mobile International, MTN GlobalConnect, Orange and Vodafone are collaborating to build the one of the most comprehensive subsea cable to serve the African continent and Middle East region where nearly a billion people are still offline.

The project, called 2Africa will see the companies lay cables that will stretch to 37,000km (22,990 miles) and interconnect Europe (eastward via Egypt), the Middle East (via Saudi Arabia), and 21 landings in 16 countries in Africa including Somalia.

Somalia’s Telecommunication Minister, Engineer Abdi Anshur Hassan said once completed with create new economic opportunities for the horn of the African nation by the connecting the country business partner across the global.

“The Federal Government of Somalia welcomes and encourages internet based investments in the country while safeguarding the interest of local companies.” The Minister said.

The system is expected to be live by 2023 or early 2024. Once live, it should be able to deliver more than the total combined capacity of all sub-sea cables serving Africa today, with a design capacity of up to 180Tbps on key parts of the system.

The companies, which also includes Saudi Arabia-based telecom firm STC, Telecom Egypt, and African telecom firm WIOCC, say service providers in the countries where 2Africa cable lands including Somalia will obtain capacity in carrier-neutral data centres or open-access cable landing stations on a fair and equitable basis.

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