Google To Fund Subsea Cable In Nigeria, Create 1.6million Jobs


To boost the speed and coverage of the internet in Nigeria, Google has revealed that its Equiano subsea cable which is being launched at different points on the African continent is expected to launch in the country in April 2022.

This was disclosed by the Director of Google West Africa, Mrs. Juliet Ehimuan-Chiazor in a meeting with the Nigerian Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Professor Isa Pantami on Wednesday.

Google says the Equiano cable is expected to increase internet speed and create 1.6 million jobs in Nigeria.

Google, the American multinational technology company says that it is committed to supporting Nigeria’s National Digital Economy Policy and Strategy for a Digital Nigeria.

It added that it is committed to investing $1 billion in Africa over the next five years on projects which also include the Equiano subsea cable.

“The cable is expected to enable a fivefold increase in average internet speeds in Nigeria and create 1.6 million jobs,” Ehimuan-Chiazor said.

She added that the cable is being launched as it lands at different points on the continent, much like a road construction that is launched as construction progresses.

The director further informed the minister of Google’s support for the tech ecosystem in Nigeria through skills development programs and grants, adding that about six million Nigerians have benefited from other digital skills initiatives and the target is to reach 10 million Nigerians.

Pantami assured Google that the Federal Government will continue to promote regulations supporting development and innovation.

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