Fugro starts shallow water phase for 2Africa fibre-optic subsea cable project
Information from Fugro
Fugro has begun their shallow water campaign for the “2Africa” subsea fibre-optic cable project which, once installed, will 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 is supporting the project with offshore and onshore survey expertise, including a geophysical route survey and shallow geotechnical testing to overcome any challenges along the planned route.
The company started its survey programme for Alcatel Submarine Networks (ASN), which includes a pre-installation and engineering survey, permitting support and desk study consultancy. Work will continue for approximately one year from their multipurpose 70 m vessels Fugro Gauss and Fugro Supporter, excluding any route development and additional work. By conducting the deep-water reconnaissance survey first, the company has already expedited the cable engineering and manufacturing phase by providing multibeam echosounder data to the ASN project team “on the fly” during the first phase of the project.
The 2Africa cable system is based on the latest fibre-optic technology and will enable resilient and improved low-latency network traffic in times of growing bandwidth demand. Working towards a cable completion date in 2023/early 2024, the system will be more than 37 000 km long, supporting the growth of 4G, 5G and fixed broadband access for hundreds of millions of people and businesses.