Google’s Undersea Cable has officially landed in Namibia

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Staff reporter

TELECOM Namibia and Paratus Group announced that the Equiano (Google) undersea cable, which is expected to have a direct impact on connectivity and internet speed in the country, officially landed in Swakopmund on Friday.

It comes after Telecom and Paratus were selected to build the Cable Landing Station (CLS) for the Equiano Undersea Internet Cable in Namibia. Paratus explained that the construction of the CLS was completed in September last year and the interior fittings were completed in January. Paratus added that the Equiano should be fully operational in the fourth quarter of this year.

According to Telecom CEO Stanley Shanapinda, the cable is a major step towards developing a national telecommunications infrastructure for the fourth industrial revolution (4IR).

The cable, he explained, incorporates new technology that allows about 20 times more network capacity than the current West Africa Cable System (WACS). He said it will therefore become an essential part of meeting the country’s current and future demands for international connectivity.

“The cable will provide redundancy for Telecom Namibia and provide an alternative when other routes may be disrupted. The volume of information circulating around the world has increased exponentially, especially due to the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic, and so the cable will further strengthen and improve the backbone of modern communications in Namibia” , added Shanapinda.

Shanapinda also said Equiano is expected to indirectly create 21,000 jobs in the country between 2022 and 2025, driven by the expansion of the digital economy and related business sectors.

Citing a recent economic impact assessment conducted by Africa Practice and Genesis Analytics, Paratus also pointed out that the arrival of cable in Namibia is acting as a catalyst for considerable growth, job creation and sustainability. On top of that, Paratus said cable is also expected to increase internet speed by more than 2.5 times, while increasing internet penetration by 7.5% over the next three years.

“Namibia has higher internet connection levels at 40.5% compared to an average of 29% for Sub-Saharan African countries, but has relied so far on the wired system of East Africa. west for its international connectivity. The Equiano cable landing will significantly increase Namibia’s international bandwidth capacity as it is four times that of WACS. This will not only ensure better connectivity stability in the country, but also lower latency and higher speeds in global data transmission,” explained Paratus Group CEO Barney Harmse.

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