Tuesday, 2 July 2019

Google is building third underwater cable between Portugal and South Africa

Google has announced plans to build a private subsea cable that will connect Africa with Europe.

The cable – called Equiano – will start in western Europe and run along the West Coast of Africa, between Portugal and South Africa, with branching units along the way that can be used to extend connectivity to additional African countries.

The first branch is expected to land in Nigeria, the company said.

“This new cable is fully funded by Google, making it our third private international cable after Dunant and Curie, and our 14th subsea cable investment globally.

“Google’s private subsea cables all carry the names of historical luminaries, and Equiano is no different.

Previously cables were named after chemist Marie Curie and Red Cross founder Henry Dunant. This one is a tribute to Olaudah Equiano, an 18th century Nigerian-born writer and abolitionist who was enslaved as a child.

In addition to having their own cables, Google is also a partner in a number of cable consortia operating cables globally.

Alcatel Submarine Networks will be contracted to build the cable. The first phase of this project should be complete by 2021.

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