February 17, 2021
Paratus and Telecom Namibia have signed an agreement to land the subsea cable, Equiano, in Namibia.
In 2019, Google first announced its subsea cable project, Equiano, would connect Africa with Europe, running along the west coast of Africa, between Portugal and South Africa.
The cable incorporates new technology that the companies say enables approximately twenty times more network capacity than the last cable built to serve this region, and provides flexibility to add and reallocate capacity in different locations as needed.
In July 2019 ITWeb Africa reported that according to Google the cable will have branching units along the way that can be used to extend connectivity to additional African countries. The first phase of the project connecting South Africa with Portugal is scheduled to be completed in 2021.
Pan-African full-service network operator Paratus is the landing party for the Namibia branch of Equiano and has operations in six SADC countries.
The development is expected to provide Namibian networks and their customers with greater capacity, and enable more product options that can stimulate economic growth and support a competitive telecommunications sector.