Facebook is placing 37,000 kilometers of internet wires at the bottom of the sea.
In a try to provide high-speed Internet service in 16 different African countries consequently facebook reserves teamed up with various telecom companies to put the Internet at sea.
Managed by Facebook that is to say that the length of the Internet wire at sea is almost equal to the circumference of the earth.
That is so the wire can wrap around the earth. This length of Internet cable is one of the longest existing Internet cables.
Keeping in mind the basic need for high-speed internet service to expand Facebook among the young population of Africa. Facebook had long prepared to bring the internet to Africa.
The sea-laying project is part of Facebook’s same plan.
The project will be completed by 2024 and African countries will have three times faster internet access. Asked the Two Africa Project, it will connect Africa with Europe and the Middle East.
Although Facebook has not released details of the actual budget for the project, Bloomberg estimates it will cost 1 billion.
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Facebook wrote in a blog post, “Once completed, this project will provide the much-needed high-capacity and reliable Internet service on the African continent, as well as help address the growing demand for Internet capacity in the Middle East.”
It will also facilitate access to 4G, 5G, and broadband internet for millions of people. ‘
Africa lags behind the rest of the world in terms of access to the Internet. Only 4 out of 10 people on the African continent have access to the Internet.
However, 6 out of 10 people in the world have access to the Internet.
However because the African continent’s market of 1.3 billion people has great potential for technology companies.
The Internet is now being used for the transmission of intercontinental Internet data, mainly at the bottom of the sea. Such marine cables can transmit large amounts of data at high speeds and at low cost.
Nokia Oise’s Alcatel submarine networks will lay the groundwork for Facebook’s project. The Internet will reach Africa through the Andhra Ocean, the Indian Ocean, the Mediterranean Sea, and the Red Sea. The wires will be buried deeper than the previous ones to keep them safe.
Telecom companies from South Africa including MTN Group, Telecom Egypt, Vodafone, and Orange South Africa have partnered with Facebook for the marine internet cable project.
According to Vodafone, the project will pave the way for digital business on the African continent.
High-speed Internet service claims to improve the business environment on the African continent therefore it also helps to improve public health and education.