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Airtel enhances intra Africa connectivity, launches submarine cable



In a significant milestone in enhancing connectivity across the African continent, Airtel Telesonic, the wholesale arm of Airtel Africa, has announced the activation of the 2Africa Submarine Cable System.

The initial phase of activation connects Kenya, Tanzania and South Africa, heralding a new era of high-speed, reliable internet access.

The 2Africa Cable System is one of the largest subsea projects globally, designed to interconnect Africa, Europe and Asia. This activation is part of a broader initiative to deliver faster and more resilient internet services, supporting digital transformation across Africa.

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Airtel Telesonic achieved this milestone with their partnership with Alcatel Submarine Networks (ASN), which is an industry leader in optical submarine networks deployed worldwide, with the ability to offer turn-key solutions utilising the latest technology, both in subsea infrastructure and transmission capacity.

Speaking on the partnership, P D Sarma, CEO of Airtel Telesonic, expressed enthusiasm about the achievement: “The activation of the 2Africa submarine cable is a monumental step in our mission to bridge the digital divide in Africa.

Speaking on the partnership, ASN’s Chief Sales and Marketing Officer, Paul Gabla, said, “ASN is very pleased to support Airtel with our cutting-edge SLTE equipment on the 2Africa Cable System. This partnership underscores our dedication to continuing the fast delivery of world-class SLTE technological solutions.”

Also, Airtel has announced that Network International (Network), the leading enabler of digital commerce across the Middle East and Africa (MEA), has been appointed as its payment processor.

A statement by Airtel yesterday indicated the collaboration is set to drive Airtel’s continuous provision of cutting-edge mobile services across the continent and beyond.

“By partnering with Network International, Airtel Africa will be well-equipped to navigate the dynamic landscape of digital finance, drive innovation and deliver unparalleled value to its users and stakeholders,” the statement added.

Network International’s expertise spans 50 countries, including 40 in Africa, serving over 200 financial institutions and facilitating more than 1.6 billion transactions.


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