03 May 2023
Intelvision has connected the Seychelles to the 2Africa fibre optic submarine cable in partnership with Vodafone. The infrastructure landed in the country on 20 April. It should make it possible to provide the population with improved connectivity services at reduced prices.
In June 2022 Intelvision signed a partnership agreement with Vodafone for the introduction of 2Africa cable in the Seychelles. Scheduled to last 15 years, the cooperation between the two operators is supported by the International Finance Corporation (IFC), which is financing the project to the tune of US$20 million. Intelvision has invested around US$32 million in it.
2Africa reinforces the high-speed telecommunications infrastructure of the Seychelles, of which it is the third international submarine cable. The country has long depended on the Seychelles East Africa System (SEAS) cable which it connected in 2011. The country then connected to the Pakistan East Africa Cable Express (PEACE) in March 2022 with a total investment of US$20 million. These various investments reflect the efforts made by the Seychelles government to accelerate digital transformation.
“With this new cable, we will be able to set our price bar. Currently we have to source from the current submarine cable and therefore cannot control prices. We believe that installing our own cable can revolutionize the way the internet is used in the country today,” said Reza Jaro, acting chief executive of Intelvision.