Togo will be the first landing point of a Google subsea internet cable in Africa. The Equiano cable, which will run from Portugal, down the coast of West Africa to Cape Town, arrived in Lomé, Togo – marking the cable’s first stop along Africa’s Atlantic coast.
First introduced in 2019, the cable is part of the company’s $1 billion Africa investment that includes a $50 million venture capital startup fund, per a Quartz article. Roughly 72% of Togo's population has mobile phones, but mobile broadband only covers a third, the GSMA’s Mobile Connectivity Index shows.
The project is reportedly expected to create hundreds of thousands of jobs
This week marks a historic milestone for Togo. In collaboration with Google, Société d’Infrastructures Numériques (SIN) and CS quared, The country has become the first landing point of the Equiano subsea cable in Africa. The cable will result in affordable internet access for millions of Togolese and West Africans.
Equiano will offer 20 times more bandwidth than any other cable currently serving West Africa and will continue to push Togo both regionally and internationally. Togo strive to be a digital hub for innovation and investment as it demonstrate their commitment to enhancing public and social services for all of it's citizens. This historic moment will boost economic growth in Togo too, creating 37,000 new jobs between 2022 and 2025 and increasing economic output by an additional $351 million.
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