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Meta, Airtel to bring world’s longest subsea cable to India

December 06, 2022

Meta, Airtel to bring world’s longest subsea cable to India
Bharti Airtel on Monday said it would partner Facebook parent Meta to jointly invest in global connectivity infrastructure that would extend a subsea cable the 2Africa Pearls to India.

Last year, Meta Platforms Inc announced a new segment of 2Africa Pearls in collaboration with regional partners.

When it was launched in 2020, the 37,000-km subsea cable connected 23 countries.

It has become one of the world’s longest subsea cable systems and aims to provide faster internet connectivity to almost 3 billion people. It would connect Africa, Europe, and Asia.

The extended 2Africa Pearls branch will include landing locations in Oman, UAE, Qatar, Bahrain, Kuwait, Iraq, Pakistan, India, and Saudi Arabia.

The landing of 2Africa will improve the connectivity of fixed-line broadband internet in India.

Airtel will partner Meta and Saudi Telecommunication Company to extend 2Africa Pearls to India. The companies will extend the cable to Airtel’s landing station in Mumbai and also pick up the dedicated capacity to further strengthen its submarine network portfolio.

Bharti Airtel owns three cable landing stations two in Chennai and one in Mumbai.

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