Facebook to install internet cable around the world

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Facebook has announced they are installing an internet cable around the world.

The tech company is planning to build a 37,000km undersea cable to supply faster internet to 16 countries in Africa.

Its length will be equal to the circumference of the Earth and will make it one of the longest cables in the world.

The move is part of a wider plan from Facebook to take its social media platform to Africa’s young population.

The new cable will be ready to use by 2024. It will deliver three times the capacity of all current undersea cables serving Africa.

Africa lags behind the rest of the world when it comes to internet access. Currently, four in 10 people across the continent have access to the web, compared with a global average of six in 10.

The cost of the 2Africa project has not been unveiled but it is reported it could be close to $1bn.

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