March 22

Google’s Underwater Internet Cable to Connect Togo to Europe

Equiano, Google’s subsea internet cable in Africa, will make its first landing in Togo this month. Google announced this on Friday (18 March 2022).

First announced in 2019, Equiano is Google’s 14th investment in internet subsea cables but the first dedicated to internet access in Africa. 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.

Photo courtesy of Pixabay.

Source: Africanews (link opens in a new window)

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