Google’s Equiano subsea cable system will connect Nigeria this month (April) a move that is expected to boost broadband speeds for the country and its neighbours fivefold.
Google West Africa director Juliet Ehimuan-Chiazor said: “Nigeria is a major landing point for the Equiano cable and the launch of this major milestone is expected to take place in April 2022,” at an event with Nigeria’s minister of communications and digital economy Isa Ali Pantami, reported Ecofin Agency.
The Equiano subsea cable will be located in Lagos and will mark the sixth international cable Nigeria has connected to. Google will also execute other projects in Nigeria during the Equiano deployment.
Google’s subsea cable project was launched in 2019 and was originally scheduled to connect Nigeria in 2021. Equiano recently went live in Togo, its first African country. It is part of Google’s US$1 billion pledge to aid Africa’s digital transformation over the next five years and create 1.6 million jobs in the process.