Google has announced a new subsea cable that will connect Africa with Europe. Called Equiano, the cable will start in Western Europe and run along the West Coast of Africa.
In the recent blog post the company stated that once the construction is completed, Equiano will offer 20 times more network capacity compared to the last cable built to serve the region as the latest cable is based on space-division multiplexing (SDM) technology. Moreover, Google confirmed that the cable will be first to incorporate optical switching at fiber-pair level to make it easier to add or reallocate capacities in different locations.
Google’s latest initiative comes thanks to a partnership the company signed with Alcatel Submarine Networks earlier last year. At the moment, the first phase of the project will be completed in 2021 and it will connect Portugal to South Africa. Afterwards, the company will extend connectivity to other countries in the region.
The cable was named after Olaudah Equiano, a Nigerian-born writer and abolitionist. Previously, Google named its two other subsea cables after historical figures named Dunant and Curie to honor luminaries.
Google revealed that it has invested $47 billion in improving the company’s global infrastructure so far. In total, the company has now announced investments in 14 subsea cables around the world.