WIOCC has landed the 2Africa cable in the Open Access Data Centres (OADC) Durban data center in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa.
WIOCC Group CEO, Chris Wood, said: “This latest major international cable landing is another example of WIOCC Group playing a key role in building Africa’s digital infrastructure and accelerating the continent’s digital transformation through the delivery of converged open digital infrastructure.”
OADC’s 4MW, 4,000 sqm (43,050 sq ft) facility in the Amanzimtoti area of Durban opened in April 2022, and offers 2,000 sqm ( 21,525 sq ft) of white space.
Meta, along with Telecom Egypt, China Mobile International, MTN GlobalConnect, Orange, STC, Vodafone, and the West Indian Ocean Cable Company (WIOCC) announced the 2Africa cable back in 2020. At 45,000km, it is the world's largest subsea cable and is set to connect 33 locations at 46 locations across Africa, Europe, and Asia once it's complete. Alcatel Submarine Networks (ASN) is responsible for manufacturing and deploying the 180Tbps cable, due for completion in 2024.
This is the fourth and last landing point for the cable in South Africa. In December, MTN announced the 2Africa cable had made landing in two of its South African cable landing stations (CLS) in Yzerfontein and Duynefontein. Both locations are to the north of Cape Town on SA's western coast.
Last month saw Vodacom land the eastern portion of the cable at a network facility in Gqeberha, in South Africa's Eastern Cape Province.
2Africa's cable recently landed in Barcelona at AFR-IX Telecom’s new CLS. It also recently landed at Ras Ghareb, Egypt, in partnership with Telecom Egypt, which said another landing point is expected in Port Said in the Mediterranean Sea in the coming months. It has also previously landed in Genoa, Italy; and Djibouti City, Djibouti.