Google’s massive The Equiano submarine cable landed in Swakopmund, Namibia, en route to its terminus at Melkbosstrand, north of Cape Town.
A cable connecting South Africa and Europe along the west coast of Africa has landed in the seaside resort of Swakopmund by Telecom Namibia and Paratus Group, landing partners who signed a contract to build and operate the landing station late last week.
Equiano is expected to be ready for commercial service in the fourth quarter of 2022, offering up to 20 times the international capacity previously available in Namibia. So far, Namibia has only relied on the West African Cable System (Wacs) for its undersea internet connection.
The landing site is ready for cable arrival from January.
“This is a landmark event and a great day for digital transformation in Namibia. Paratus Group CEO Barney Harmse said in a statement: “We are very proud to have partnered with Google Landing Partners and Telecom Namibia as infrastructure partners to provide better connectivity for everyone in Namibia.”
Telecom Namibia CEO Stanley Shanapinda said, “The Google Equiano cable shore landing is a major step in the development of the nation’s telecommunications infrastructure. “Cables ensure the redundancy of Telecom Namibia and provide an alternative in case other paths may be compromised.”
In South Africa, Telkom’s wholesale division, Openserve, will act as Equiano’s landing station partner.
the company said in November 2021 The 150 Tbit/s (design capacity) Equiano system will land at Melkbosstrand’s landing pad.
Openserve will provide a terrestrial service that connects Equiano cables to carrier-neutral data centers in South Africa. — © 2022 NewsCentral Media
Google’s Equiano Cable Lands in Namibia
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