Bharti Airtel Ltd. and Meta Platforms Inc. will collaborate to expand the Facebook parent company’s subsea cable infrastructure to India and integrate WhatsApp as a communications platform as a service (CPaaS) in the Indian telecom operator’s business offering.
Airtel will partner with Meta and Saudi Telecom to expand 2Africa Pearls, Meta’s undersea cable that links Africa, Europe, and Asia, to India, Bharti and Meta said on Monday.
2Africa is the world’s longest underwater cable system, and it is intended to bring quicker internet access to almost 3 billion people worldwide. According to the firms, Airtel and Meta will extend the cable to Airtel’s landing station in Mumbai and also acquire dedicated capacity to further strengthen their submarine network portfolios. The amount of funding that is going to be invested in the enterprise has not been announced.
The 2Africa cable would greatly increase India’s cable capacity, enabling global hyperscalers and enterprises to construct innovative integrated solutions and provide users with a high-quality, seamless experience.
“We look forward to continuing our relationship with Airtel to develop the region’s connection infrastructure, which will provide a better network experience for individuals and companies throughout India,” said Meta’s vice president of mobile partnerships, Francisco Varela. Airtel will also share its findings with Telecom Infra Project Open RAN project group community partners, including Meta, in order to speed the worldwide adoption of Open RAN-based networks.
Airtel will also integrate Meta’s WhatsApp into its CPaaS platform, enabling companies and organisations that use Airtel’s CPaaS platform, Airtel IQ, to access WhatsApp capabilities and reach to provide an omnichannel customer engagement solution.
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