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Here Are the Economic and Social Impact of Bayobab’s Sub-sea Cable Landing


In the ever-evolving landscape of global connectivity, the unveiling of the 2Africa subsea cable stands as a testament to the power of collaboration and innovation. Spearheaded by the joint efforts of MTN Nigeria and Bayobab, this project transcends geographical boundaries to create a network of connectivity spanning 33 countries across three continents. With a total length of 45,000 kilometers, the 2Africa cable emerges as the longest underwater cable in the world, promising to revolutionize communication and reshape the digital landscape for millions.

At the heart of the 2Africa project lies a commitment to fostering economic growth and societal development across the African continent. Josephine Sarouk, Managing Director, Bayobab Nigeria, underscores the pivotal role of the cable in driving economic progress. By directly supporting Africa’s burgeoning digital economy, the cable facilitates the expansion of 4G, 5G, and broadband penetration, thereby unlocking new avenues for innovation, entrepreneurship, and job creation.

This infusion of connectivity not only accelerates economic growth but also fosters social inclusion by bridging the digital divide and providing access to essential services and opportunities for millions of individuals and businesses. “Bayobab has invested in a myriad of submarine cables to boost much-needed broadband capacity to the continent; and bolster efforts to leverage technology to connect the unconnected in Africa and beyond” and “The landing of 2Africa in Nigeria will supercharge Nigeria’s digital economy, creating space for a vibrant ecosystem bringing digital services to millions of Nigerians in line with the government’s vision for a thriving digital economy”, she said.  

The significance of enhanced connectivity extends beyond economic prosperity. It has the power to transform societies, empower individuals, and bridge the gap between urban centers and rural communities. Through the provision of reliable and high-speed internet services, the 2Africa cable champions the cause of inclusive connectivity, ensuring that no one is left behind in the digital age.

By establishing open-access cable landing stations, Nigerian service providers gain equitable access to capacity, thereby fostering a vibrant ecosystem of digital innovation and entrepreneurship. This democratization of connectivity serves as a catalyst for social change, empowering individuals, and communities to participate fully in the digital economy and access vital services such as healthcare, education, and financial services.

However, the success of the 2Africa project is not solely attributable to technological advancements; it is also a result of strategic collaboration and partnership. With a consortium comprising industry leaders such as Bayobab, MTN Nigeria, Center3, China Mobile International, Meta, Orange, Telecom Egypt, Vodafone Group, and WIOCC, the project embodies the collective resolve to overcome challenges and drive progress on a global scale. By pooling resources, expertise, and knowledge, the consortium members have been able to navigate complex regulatory environments, secure funding, and overcome logistical hurdles to ensure the successful implementation of the project.

The 2Africa cable is more than just a physical infrastructure; it is a symbol of progress, opportunity, and resilience. As it traverses continents and connects communities, it serves as a testament to human ingenuity and the transformative power of technology. In a world where borders are becoming increasingly fluid, the 2Africa cable stands as a beacon of hope and possibility, offering a glimpse into a future where connectivity knows no bounds. As nations and communities embark on this journey towards a more connected future, the 2Africa cable serves as a reminder of the potential of collective action and collaboration in shaping a better world for all.

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