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Google’s Equiano cable lands in Nigeria

Global web giant Google, in partnership with the West Indian Ocean Cable Company (WIOCC), has announced the landing of the Equiano subsea internet cable in Lagos, Nigeria.

Juliet Ehimuan

According to the cable company, the Equiano cable will have a direct impact on connectivity, resulting in faster internet speeds, reduced internet prices and improved user experience in Nigeria.

It will also help support further digital transformation in Nigeria, increase internet speeds by a factor of six, reduce internet retail prices by 21%, boost GDP by US$10.1bn by 2025, boost job creation by 1.6 million jobs by 2025 and save 2.8 million tonnes of CO2 emissions per annum, said the Mauritius-based company.

Juliet Ehimuan, director for West Africa at Google, said: “Google is committed to supporting Africa’s digital transformation and we are excited to see the impact of the landing of Equiano in Nigeria. We’ve worked with established partners and in-country experts to guarantee that Equiano has the greatest potential effect in Nigeria and throughout Africa.

“Equiano is set to make an enduring contribution towards the development of Nigeria’s communications infrastructure and today marks another major step in its development. We look forward to honouring our commitment to be part of Africa’s digital transformation.”

Chris Wood, CEO of WIOCC, added: “We are proud to have been selected by Google as the landing partner for the Equiano cable in Nigeria, landing the cable directly into the OADC Lagos data centre. From there it will be extended to other data centres across Lagos.

“The Equiano cable will deliver improved internet quality, speeds and affordability to the people of Nigeria. However, for the benefits to be fully felt throughout Nigeria, hyperscale connectivity needs to be extended from the Lagos area to the rest of the country. To make this happen, WIOCC is also deploying a comprehensive, hyperscale national fibre network. The network will go live in phases, starting in June and continuing through to the end of the year. When combined with the Equiano cable this network will deliver transformational benefits across the country.”

The Equiano cable will start in Portugal, run more than 12,000km along the west coast of Africa and initially land in Lomé, Togo; Lagos, Nigeria; Swakopmund, Namibia; Rupert’s Bay, Saint Helena; and Melkbosstrand, South Africa. It will establish a valuable new high-capacity connection between the African continent and Europe, said WIOCC.

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Google plans free Wi-Fi hotspots in Nigeria

Several cities have been earmarked for Google Stations

Google is set to launch free Wi-Fi hotspots across Nigeria throughout this year and 2019.

Google Stations will bring high-quality, high-speed Wi-Fi hotspots to 200 locations across cities including Port Harcourt, Ibadan, Enugu, Abuja and Lagos. The initiative is in partnership with 21st Century, a leading internet service provider in Nigeria.

Customers of OTT services like Iroko TV, EbonyLife ON, Kwese iflix and DSTV Now can look forward to viewing content without having to bear the cost of data from telcos.

The Wi-Fi plan was among several initiatives revealed by the tech giant at its second Google for Nigeria event, which was held in Lagos last week. All are aimed at aiding internet access and data usage in Nigeria.

A recent report by FremantleMedia claimed Nigeria had the potential to be Africa’s largest digital TV market. However, one of the major obstacles to this is the cost of broadband services, which is why a number of broadcast companies form strategic partnerships with telcos to offer their subscribers better deals.

Juliet Ehimuan-Chiazor, Google’s country director for Nigeria, said the company aimed to roll out Google Stations to as many public locations as possible, including markets, malls, bus stops, city centres, cafés and universities.

She added that Nigeria was an important market for Google and that, with the Stations initiative, the firm hoped to improve and develop technology and the digital economy in the country.

Google expects to generate cash to fund the service by placing ads in the login portal.

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