Introducing the 2024 Africa Telecommunications Map

By Kristin LeeFeb 26, 2024


If you liked last week's Submarine Cable Map reveal, you'll be stoked to hear that we've got another new map up our sleeve.

Meet the 2024 Africa Telecommunications Map.

This edition depicts 74 cable systems connected to Africa that are currently active or under construction.



Infographics on this map cover used bandwidth, internet capacity, and new investment in cloud data centers. Here are some fast facts:

Used International Bandwidth

Well over half of the region’s used international bandwidth comes from only five countries—South Africa, Egypt, Nigeria, Algeria, and Kenya.

High-Capacity Routes

Europe, with its rich interconnection ecosystem and inexpensive IP transit, remains the dominant location for traffic exchange out of Africa. Fully 81% of international internet bandwidth from African countries connects to facilities in Europe.

New Cloud Data Centers

In 2019, Azure launched Africa's first two cloud data centers in Cape Town and Johannesburg. Huawei launched a region in Johannesburg at the end of the same year. AWS followed suit, launching its first cloud data center in Cape Town in April 2020. Oracle launched a facility in Johannesburg in early 2022. Google plans a new cloud facility in South Africa, to be launched in 2024.

If you'd like a physical copy for your wall, head over to our map store.

And we'd like to thank our generous sponsor Telecom Egypt for making this map possible.


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