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Google’s Equiano Subsea Cable Lands In Nigeria

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The Equiano Subsea Cable will be landing in Nigeria this month as another milestone in the African telecommunications sector breaks dawn.

WIOCC Nigeria Limited partnered with Google as the landing partner in Nigeria for the Equiano cable system.

The Equiano cable system is the third private international cable owned by Google and the 14th subsea cable invested by Google.

Juliet Ehimuan-Chiazor, Director Google West Africa intimated the Professor Isa Pantami, the Minister of Communications and Digital Economy about the plans to land the subsea cable in the country this month.

According to the Director, “Nigeria is a major landing point for the Equiano cable and the launch of this major milestone is expected to take place in April 2022″.

Equiano’s planned route and branching units, Source - Google
Equiano’s planned route and branching units – Source: Google

The Equiano cable system comprises a main trunk of approximately 15,000 km in length, from Sesimbra (Portugal), to Melkbosstrand (South Africa), running along the West Coast of Africa, with branching units along the way that can be used to extend connectivity to additional African countries. The Nigeria branch is the first confirmed branch of the Equiano cable system.

The Environmental Sustainability Impact Assessment document, the Equiano cable system is to be installed in phases.

The first phase (Baseline System), will entail the installation of cable landings at, but not limited to:

  • Portugal: Lisbon (Sesimbra).
  • Nigeria: Lagos.
  • St Helena: Rupert’s Bay.
  • South Africa: Melkbosstrand.
Google Equiano Cable Landing Station Equiano cable system
Equiano Cable Landing Station in Lagos, Source: ESIA for the Nigerian branch of Equiano cable system

Reports on TechEconomy suggests that the Equiano cable landing site is located on Elegushi beach in Lagos, and the landmark event will be held this month.

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