Fugro starts shallow water phase for 2Africa fibre-optic subsea cable project

Fugro Gauss (Photo: National Sea Rescue Institute, South Africa)

Fugro has begun its shallow water campaign for the 2Africa subsea fibre-optic cable project which, once installed, is expected to connect 23 countries in Africa, the Middle East, and Europe and deliver more than the total combined capacity of all subsea data cables serving Africa today.

Fugro started its survey programme for Alcatel Submarine Networks (ASN), which includes a pre-installation and engineering survey, permitting support, and desk study consultancy, back in March and work will continue for approximately one year from the multi-purpose vessels Fugro Gauss (pictured) and Fugro Supporter, excluding any route development and additional work.

Working towards a cable completion date in 2023 or early 2024, the system will be more than 37,000 kilometres long, supporting the growth of 4G, 5G and fixed broadband access for hundreds of millions of people and businesses.

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