The Search Engine Giant Google announced yesterday that the company will be building its first private subsea cable network from Portugal (Europe) to South Africa, its third private cable network (Dunant and Curie) and 14th subsea cable investment globally.
The Network will be built by Alcatel Submarine Networks, and the first phase of the project is scheduled to be completed in 2021.
This new Project has been named “Equiano” after Nigerian writer and abolitionist Olaudah Equiano, according to the company it will be the first subsea cable to use optical switching at the fiber level which makes it easier to adjust capacity on the fly.
More about the Project is that the company claims that this new cable will be able to carry about 20 times the capacity of the last cable that was built for the region.
Moreover, the cable will feature a number of subdividing points along its route that can be used to connect other countries to Equiano in the future. Google already has plans to connect the cable to Lagos, Nigeria, and other countries will follow in the future.
Google has two other Cable Networks Dunant (Europe to US) and Curie (US to Chile)