Google’s Equiano Cable Arrives Nigeria – All You Need To Know

Google’s Equiano Cable Arrives Nigeria – All You Need To Know

Google’s Equiano Cable Arrives Nigeria – All You Need To Know

The Google’s Equiano Cable Lands In Nigeria, Details Below

Google has unveiled plans to inject over  $10.1 billion into the Nigerian economy in the next three years through its Equiano submarine cable.

The cable, which landed in the shores of Lagos today, is said to have the capability of also creating six million jobs within the same period.

The landing of the cable was witnessed by the Governor of Lagos, Babajide Sanwo Olu and other prominent dignitaries, including representatives of the Minister of Communications and Digital Economy and Executive Vice Chairman of the Nigerian Communications Commission, NCC.

Google landed the cable with its partner WIOCC, a prominent African digital backbone company.

The state-of-the-art Equiano subsea cable will become a critical element in meeting Nigeria’s current and future international connectivity demands.

Speaking at the landing site in Eleguishi, Lekki Lagos, Director, Google West Africa, Juliet Ehimuan said: “Google is committed to supporting Africa’s digital transformation and we are excited to see the impact of the landing of Equiano in Nigeria.

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“We’ve worked with established partners and in-country experts to guarantee that Equiano has the greatest potential effect in Nigeria and throughout Africa.

“Equiano is set to make an enduring contribution towards the development of Nigeria’s communications infrastructure and today marks another major step in its development.

“We look forward to honouring our commitment to be part of Africa’s digital transformation,” Ehimuan added.

Economic value and Relevance

Google Equiano lands in Lagos

By 2025, she predicted it will improve GDP by USD 10.1 billion and create 1.6 million jobs, when the cable’s first phase of capacity spread begins in the country. Connectivity will also be improved by a factor of six, retail internet prices by 21%, and the internet penetration rate by 6%, as a result.

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OADC Lagos data center was chosen as the landing point for the Equiano cable by Google, and WIOCC CEO Chris Wood remarked, “We are happy to have been picked as a landing partner by Google for the Equiano cable in Nigeria.”

After then, further data centers in Lagos will be included.

“The Equiano cable would provide Nigerians with better internet quality, speeds, and affordability.

Google’s Equiano Cable In Nigeria –  All You Need To Know

“However, for the benefits to be fully felt throughout Nigeria, hyperscale connectivity needs to be extended from the Lagos area to the rest of the country. To make this happen, WIOCC is also deploying a comprehensive, hyperscale national fibre network, in partnership with Phase3 telecom.

“The network will go live in phases, starting in June and continuing through to the end of the year.

“When combined with the Equiano cable this network will deliver transformational benefits across the country.”

Name: Olaudah Equiano

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

The cable ran Portugal in western Europe, over more than 12,000km down the West Coast of Africa and initially landed in Lomé, Togo and presently in Lagos, Nigeria.

It will also move to Swakopmund, Namibia; Rupert’s Bay, Saint Helena and Melkbosstrand, South Africa; offering a crucial new high-capacity connection between the African continent and Europe.

Google says with a design capacity almost 20 times larger than any other cable now serving the region, the Equiano undersea internet cable will have a direct impact on connectivity, resulting in faster internet speeds, decreased internet pricing and improved user experience in Nigeria.


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