Facebook is advancing its efforts to gain more control over the Internet infrastructure. To this end, the company is involved in two underwater cable projects, which are intended to provide better Internet connections in Africa and Asia, and works with major players in various industries. On Monday, the 2Africa project, on which Facebook is working with the telecommunications groups Orange and Vodafone, announced that four new countries would be connected: Angola, Nigeria and the island states of Seychelles and Comoros. The aim of the project is to build an underwater ring of fiber optic cables around Africa and to connect 26 countries to it. Commissioning is planned for 2023. Facebook had already announced on Sunday that the company is participating in the Apricot project in Asia. The 7,500-mile underwater cable system is expected to connect Japan, Taiwan, Guam, the Philippines, Indonesia and Singapore. Google is also involved in this initiative, which should go into operation in 2024, as the group announced on Monday.