Google will land a submarine cable in Africa this year

Google will land a submarine cable in Africa this year
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Google says it will land its high-capacity Equiano submarine cable system in Namibia by May 2022 and in Cape Town, South Africa by June 2022.

  • Openserve, a division of telecom giant Telkom, will offer terrestrial services connecting the Equiano cable, which will connect South Africa and Portugal (with onward connections into Europe), branching into St Helena Island in the South Atlantic as well as to Namibia and Nigeria.
  • Openserve will serve as Google's landing station partner in South Africa, while telco Paratus Group's Namibian subsidiary will serve as the landing partner in Namibia.
  • The cable system, which is expected to be ready for service in the fourth quarter of 2022, would create an estimated 180, 000 jobs in South Africa between 2022 and 2025.