Google has announced that earlier today, Equiano, a subsea internet cable running through Portugal to South Africa landed in Lagos, Nigeria.
This announcement is coming a month after Equiano first landed on the African continent in Togo. The Equiano cable is expected to run more than 12,000km along the West Coast of Africa later landing in Swakopmund, Namibia; Rupert’s Bay, Saint Helena and Melkbosstrand, South Africa; establishing a valuable new high-capacity connection between the African continent and Europe.
The project, which is named after Nigerian-born writer and abolitionist Olaudah Equiano, is expected to help support further digital transformation in Nigeria, a country with a thriving tech ecosystem. Equiano is expected to boost Nigeria’s GDP by $10.1 billion, increase internet speed by a factor of 6 and create 1.6 million jobs by 2025, according to a recent impact assessment study by Africa Practice and Genesis Analytics.
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