Google begins subsea cable funding in Nigeria April
The Director of Google West Africa, Mrs. Juliet Ehimuan-Chiazor, has disclosed that Google plans to fund the Equiano subsea cable to boost Internet speeds and create 1.6million jobs in Nigeria.
She said this during a visit with a team from Google West Africa to the Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Prof. Isa Pantami, on Thursday.
The team visited te minister to give him an update to the activities of Google in Nigeria.
This was disclosed in a statement issued by the Technical Assistant (Research and Development) to the Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr. Femi Adeluyi on Wednesday.
“The Equiano cable is expected to enable a five fold increase in average Internet speeds in Nigeria and create 1.6million jobs. Equiano, whose name was inspired by a Nigerian, is being launched as it lands at different points on the continent, much like a road construction that is launched as construction progresses.
“According to the Director, Nigeria is a major landing point for the cable and the launch of this major milestone is expected to take place in April 2022”.
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 benefitted 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.