Google Submarine Cable One Step Closer to South Africa

Google’s Equiano submarine cable has landed in Lagos, Nigeria, the second in a series of landings on the African continent.

“We partner with several key players in the telecommunications industry, including our landing party, the West Indian Ocean Cable Company (Wiocc).” declared Juliet Ehimuan, director of Google West Africa.

Equiano’s landing in Lagos comes a month after Google announced the cable’s arrival in Togo.

Once completed, Equiano will stretch from Lisbon, Portugal to Melkbosstrand in South Africa.

Google says it hopes to complete the rollout later this year.

Google West Africa Director Juliet Ehimuan and Lagos Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu sign Equiano

Also last month, Liquid Intelligent Technologies announced that purchased one of the twelve pairs of Equiano fibers.

The estimated throughput of each pair of fibers is 12 terabits per second (Tbps), and the total throughput of the entire cable system is 144 Tbps.

This is almost ten times the current design capacity of the West African Cable System, another cable in Wiocc’s portfolio.

Equiano will be South Africa’s largest cable car park when it arrives at Melkbosstrand.

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