Google And Facebook To Build Own Undersea Cables Around Africa

Google and Facebook are building their own undersea cables around Africa which should hopefully increase the bandwidth and reduce internet data prices for the

Google And Facebook To Build Own Undersea Cables Around Africa

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Google says this is its 14th undersea cable and will be named Equiano, after the Nigerian author Olaudah Equiano, who was kidnapped as an 11-year-old and sold into slavery in the 1750s.

Google announced that it is fully funding a new cable from Portugal down the west coast of the continent down to Cape Town in South Africa, with multiple landing points at countries along the coast.

Google announced that it is fully funding a new cable from Portugal down the west coast of the continent down to Cape Town in South Africa, with multiple landing points at countries along the coast.

Google says this is its 14th undersea cable and will be named Equiano, after the Nigerian author Olaudah Equiano, who was kidnapped as an 11-year-old and sold into slavery in the 1750s.

It will be built by Alcatel Submarine Networks and is expected to be operational by 2021, and "because Equiano is fully funded by Google, we’re able to expedite our construction timeline and optimize the number of negotiating parties".

Meanwhile, Facebook is building a cable that will be named after Simba, the main character from the animated The Lion Kingmovie, according to the Wall Street Journal.

Google’s Equiano cable will run down the west coast of Africa.

New undersea cables around Africa seldomly make headlines anymore, but recent announcements that Google and Facebook are building their own has become big news.

Google’s Equiano cable will run down the west coast of Africa.

It will be the first subsea cable to use optical switching at the fiber-pair level, rather than the traditional approach of wavelength-level switching. "This greatly simplifies the allocation of cable capacity, giving us the flexibility to add and reallocate it in different locations as needed.

New undersea cables around Africa seldomly make headlines anymore, but recent announcements that Google and Facebook are building their own has become big news.

Although the exact details haven’t been announced by Facebook, who is partnering with African cellular networks MTN and Vodacom, the cable “could link up with beachheads in several countries on the continent’s eastern, western and Mediterranean coasts”.

It will be built by Alcatel Submarine Networks and is expected to be operational by 2021, and "because Equiano is fully funded by Google, we’re able to expedite our construction timeline and optimize the number of negotiating parties".

Meanwhile, Facebook is building a cable that will be named after Simba, the main character from the animated The Lion Kingmovie, according to the Wall Street Journal.

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