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Google announces a new subsea cable between Portugal and South Africa

2019-06-28 18:13 by
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Google on Friday announced the construction of its third privately-funded international subsea cable. Equiano, as the cable is named, will have three touchpoints, starting in Portugal's capital of Lisbon and running down Africa's west coast to connect with South Africa. This will be Google's first cable stretching from Europe to Africa.

Google is building the cable with Alcatel Submarine Networks, and the first phase of the project should be completed in 2021. After that, Google will add branches to extend connectivity to other African countries. The first branch is expected to land in Nigeria. Google stresses that this new cable is able to carry about 20 times the capacity of the last cable that was built to serve this region.

Equiano is named for Olaudah Equiano, an African writer and abolitionist, who was sold into slavery but bought his own freedom. He was born in Nigeria. Google's other two privately-funded subsea cables are also named after historical luminaries: The Curie connects Chile to Los Angeles, and the Dunant will connect the US to the French Atlantic coast.

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