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Google Equiano cable lands in Lagos



LAGOS State governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, yesterday, witnessed the virtual landing of the Google Equiano Sea Cable System in Nigeria, saying the country will enjoy a boost of 1.6 million jobs and $10 billion in additional Gross Domestic Product (GDP) over the next three years, on account of the new cable system.

  Speaking at the reception held in Open Access Data Centre at Lekki to mark the landing of the cable system in Nigeria, Sanwo-Olu said the new cable system is the latest element in the transformation of the physical infrastructure landscape, new roads, bridges, jetties, factories, municipal and national rail lines, among others, being delivered by his administration and a host of partners and stakeholders across public and private sectors.

  According to Sanwo-Olu, his administration is determined to deliver on its promise to make and maintain Lagos as a safe, livable, innovative and prosperous megacity.

  “I am told that this new Equiano cable system, landing today, will deliver 20 times as much network capacity as any of the existing systems serving Nigeria.  This means much faster internet speed, reduced cost and greater access for our people. The net effect of this is much-needed jobs and economic growth. The economic impact assessment for the project estimates that Nigeria will enjoy a boost of 1.6 million jobs and $10 billion in additional GDP over the next three years, on account of the new cable system,” he said.

Speaking earlier, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of WIOCC, Chris Wood, said the submarine cables will deliver high-speed internet connectivity at a reduced cost, as he appreciated Governor Sanwo-Olu for providing an enabling environment for the investment to birth in Lagos State.

  It will be recalled that the landing of Equiano Sea Cable System will firmly position Nigeria as the regional connectivity and content hub for West Africa, attracting cloud operators, content providers, content distribution networks and their associated ecosystems while the new cable system is named after a Nigerian hero, Olaudah Equiano, who survived enslavement in 18th century and went on to become a famous writer and anti-slavery activist.

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