- Bayobab, MTN Group’s wholesale infrastructure company, has landed 45,000 km subsea 2Africa cable in Accra, Ghana and Lagos, Nigeria.
- According to Babyobab, Ghanaian and Nigerian service providers will have fair and equitable access to world-class capacity in carrier-neutral data centres or open-access cable landing stations.
Bayobab Africa, formerly MTN GlobalConnect, rebranded in May 2023 and is now focused on local and global partnerships to provide digital services and five networks across Africa. Bayobab claims over 108,000 kilometres of fibre and intends to increase to 135,000 kilometres by 2025.
The company is a member of the 2Africa consortium, which includes Center3, China Mobile International, Meta, Orange, Telecom Egypt, Vodafone Group, and WIOCC. Bayobab noted that the 2Africa consortium is working on the world's largest subsea cable project.
According to Bayobab, “cables like 2Africa lay the foundation for the global internet, connecting people and continents, and once live, they will help deliver better and much-needed capacity between Africa, Europe, the Middle East, and Asia.”
Mohammed Aliyu, Bayobab's Chief FibreCo Officer, stated that the cable landings demonstrate the company's commitment to its 'East2West project,' which aims to bridge the digital divide between West Africa and the rest of the continent.
Bayobab intends to achieve this by providing dark fibre access and active fibre capacity in over ten African countries.
Bayobab has a Global Customer Success Centre in Ghana and previously announced the landing of the 2Africa cable in Ghana but said it would be completed in 2023 and 2024. The company was also granted a National Long-Distance Operator Licence in Nigeria in September 2023.
This is Bayobab's third and fourth landing in a series of six in five countries, including Ghana, Nigeria, Côte d'Ivoire, and South Africa.
In 2022, while still known as MTN GlobalConnect, it landed the 2Africa cable in Yzerfontein and Duynefontein, South Africa.
As technology is rapidly revolutionising sectors in Africa, internet connectivity is needed. Babyobab notes that the cable would offer improved Internet ecosystem development by providing improved Internet accessibility for businesses and their customers.
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