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Fugro launches the shallow water process of the 2Africa subsea fiber optic project

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

The company supports the project with the expertise of offshore and onshore surveys, including a geophysical path survey and limited geotechnical testing to resolve any obstacles along the planned route.

Fugro launched its survey system for Alcatel Submarine Networks (ASN), which includes a pre-installation and engineering survey, enabling support and desk research consultancy, back in March and work from its 70-meter multi-purpose vessels Fugro Gauss and Fugro Supporter will continue for approximately one year, excluding any further route construction and work.

Fugro has already speeded up the cable engineering and manufacturing process by supplying multibeam echosounder data to the ASN project team “on the run” during the first phase of the project by performing the deep-water reconnaissance survey first.

We are proud and honored to be chosen by ASN for this project which will be one of the largest of its kind in its base configuration. Covid-19 and the related protocols further complicate the daunting nature of work but our unrivaled strategic relationship with ASN means we are assured of successful completion within the time frame and budget necessary.

Malte Cesson, Fugro ‘s Marine Site Characterisation Commercial Manager in Bremen, Germany

The 2Africa cable system is based on the latest fibre-optic technology and will allow resilient and improved low latency network traffic in times of increasing demand for bandwidth. Working towards a cable completion date in 2023 / early 2024, the system will have a length of over 37 000 km, supporting 4 G, 5 G growth and fixed broadband access for hundreds of millions of people and companies.