Google’s 12,000km Equiano subsea internet cable, that was brought into the country sometime in April will be launched this December. Google Equiano will be running at a lower cost connecting St. Helena, Togo, Nigeria, Namibia, and South Africa to Europe.
At the second Google event for africa, it was said that over 20% of the $ 1 billion announced to be spent on the region in the next five years, has been properly appropriated.
The economic impact assessment conducted by Africa Practice and Genesis Analytics opin that by 2025. The cable would accelerate economic growth with the GDPs of Nigeria rising by $10.1 billion, South Africa by $7 billion and $260 million in Namibia.
On the other hand, Equiano should indirectly create 1.6million jobs in Nigeria. 180,000 in South Africa and 21,000 in Namibia, this is due to the ever-increasing expansion of the digital economy.
Sundar Pichai, Google’s Chief Executive Officer also disclosed the plan to establish a new Google Cloud region in South Africa. He further explained that this new Cloud Region will help all users in Africa. This will aid the easy flow of information and tools online, improve access options for customers and in turn, create more jobs opportunities.
The Managing Director, of Google Africa, Nitin Gajria. Said the firm is collaborating with governments, and other stakeholders to speed up Africa’s digital transformation.
Director of Google Cloud Africa, Niral Patel, said; “We believe in growing an open and healthy ecosystem of technology solutions to support Africa’s digital transformation goals, which leads to more opportunities for businesses. It is part of our company-wide ethos to respect the environment, which is why we operate the cleanest cloud in the industry, supporting sustainable digital transformation Along with the cloud region, we are expanding our network through the Equiano subsea cable and building Dedicated Cloud Interconnect sites in Johannesburg, Cape Town, Lagos and Nairobi. In doing so, we are building full-scale Cloud capability for Africa“