According to Google, an undersea cable that would increase internet speeds for millions of Africans landed in Togo on Friday, March 18, 2022, the latest phase in a multi-year initiative to bring cheaper access to customers throughout the continent. Reportedly, the Equiano cable, which is the first of its type to reach Africa, has twisted its way from Portugal and will increase internet speed for Togo’s 8 million citizens.
Togo is going to be the first one to reap the benefits. According to a Google-commissioned study by Africa Practice and Genesis Analytics, the cable is predicted to lower internet rates by 14% by 2025. Google has also predicted in a commissioned study by Africa Practice and Genesis Analytics, that the cable will lower internet rates by 14% by 2025.
Availability in other African continents
The new route will also reach Nigeria, Namibia, and South Africa, with future extensions connecting to more nations in the region. It is also expected to be operational by the end of the year. For other nations poised to profit in a region where internet use is rapidly increasing, but networks are frequently cripplingly sluggish and a drag on economic progress, this might be a taste of things to come.
According to a 2020 analysis by GSMA Intelligence, Sub-Saharan Africa remains the world’s least-connected area, with approximately a quarter of the population still missing mobile broadband service, compared to 7% globally. Furthermore, the majority of West African nations rank towards the bottom of a global rating of internet penetration by the World Bank.
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