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Google builds submarine cable between Europe and South Africa

Google announced yesterday that the company will build the first private submarine cable between Europe and South Africa and its third private cable as a whole. The cable will be built by Alcatel Submarine Networks. The first phase of the project is expected to be completed in 2021.

Google builds submarine cable between Europe and South Africa

The Mountain View giant named the submarine cable “Equiano” after the Nigerian writer and abolitionist Olaudah Equiano. It will be the first submarine cable to use optical switching at the fiber level, making it easy to adjust capacity on the fly.

About Equiano, the research giant also claimed that this new cable will be able to carry around 20 times the capacity of the last cable built for the region. In addition, the cable will have a number of connection points along its route which can be used in the future to connect other countries to Equiano. Google is already planning to connect the cable to Lagos, Nigeria, and more countries will follow in the future.

Besides Equiano, Google already has two other private cables: “Dunant” between Europe and the United States and “Curie” between the United States and Chile.