Google, the owners of Equiano Subsea Cable, has promised to increase Africa’s internet speed and provide cheaper data access for users in Africa.
The Equiano cable will arrive in Africa from Portugal and increase internet speed for Togo’s residents. According to Google, more countries will be included as the cable lands in Nigeria, Namibia, and South Africa.
The Sub-Saharan Africa region is still underdeveloped, with a quarter of the population still without mobile broadband coverage when compared to the 7 per cent global reach, according to a 2020 report by GSMA Intelligence.
According to World Bank, many West African countries are still ranking low on internet penetration.
Togo will be the first to benefit with the expectation that the cable will reduce internet prices by 14% and create 37 000 jobs in Togo by 2025, boosting the country’s GDP by $193 million.