This is a project currently in execution phase as a flagship of Guinea and in collaboration with Tata. The purpose is to connect each African country to the other to allow for access and affordable internet, either by Submarine, Terrestrial, or Satellite technology.
The project is estimated at $565million, split into $400million of capital expenditure and $160million of operational expenditure per annum.
An estimated 15,000 km of terrestrial fiber and 11,098km of submarine fiber is required.
In its first phase, three countries comprising of Mali, Guinea, and Senegal have been connected. Four more are being worked on to be closed by the end of 2020. The second phase consists of ten (10) African countries and scheduled to be completed by 2021. The remaining African countries, with priority on the Smart Africa members, will be in the third and final phase, planned to be completed by 2025.