ABN – Orange (NYSE: ORAN) has connected the Benin Republic and the Canary Islands to Nigeria on a US$700 million cable.
Both were connected to the Africa Coast to Europe submarine cable, which was funded by $250 million of the company’s own investment.
The cable reaches from Cotonou in the Benin Republic to Tenerife in the Canary Islands.
These two new stations come as part of the second phase of the submarine cable, which now serves 18 countries.
Mauritania, Senegal, Gambia, Guinea, Sierra Leone, Liberia, Côte d’Ivoire, Benin, Ghana, Nigeria, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, and São Tomé and Príncipe are all connected by the cable.
Mali and Niger are also connected through a terrestrial extension.
The cable expands broadband internet access in Africa and provides additional capacity to existing national networks.