AfricaGoogle's Sub-sea Internet Cable to Connect Togo to Europe

Google’s Sub-sea Internet Cable to Connect Togo to Europe

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Google has announced its underwater internet cable in Africa, will make its first landing in Togo latest this month.

Google has announced its underwater internet cable in Africa, will make its first landing in Togo latest this month.

The giant internet-related service provided first announced in 2019, Equiano is Google’s 14th investment in internet sub-sea cables but the first dedicated to internet access in Africa.

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It is expected to travel from Portugal to South Africa and is part of the company’s $1 billion Africa investment that includes a $50 million venture capital startup fund.

An initial map of the project suggested it would branch first in Lagos-Nigeria, however, Cina Lawson, Togo’s minister for digital economy and transformation, said her government was able to convince Google that it should be Togo instead.

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The “Equiano” cable, was named after Nigerian-born writer and abolitionist Olaudah Equiano.

According to a joint statement by the Togolese government and Google; would create improved high-speed and affordable internet access to millions of people in the country and West Africa.

The cable will land in Togo’s capital, Lome, and is also set to have landings in Nigeria and Namibia before a final landing in Cape Town-South Africa.

Equiano is expected to add $351 million (pdf) to Togo’s economic output by 2025.

Togo has shown promise in adopting digital technologies in recent times. In 2020, the Togolese president launched a plan to strengthen social support and economic development by investing in technology. It aims to turn Togo into a tech hub.

 

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