Liquid buys capacity on Google’s Equiano cable

Google’s Equiano cable was recently brought ashore on the coast north of Cape Town

Liquid Dataport, a subsidiary of Cassava Technologies (formerly Liquid Telecom Group), has acquired a pair of fibre cables on Equiano, the new, Google-owned subsea cable connecting South Africa and Europe along Africa’s west coast.

It said the cables give Liquid access to bandwidth of 12Tbit/s on the new Internet cable, which will be ready for commercial service by the end of the year.

“The additional capacity augments Liquid Dataport’s existing pan-African fibre network, global satellite connectivity and subsea cable backbone,” the company said, adding that it expects the cable will lead to a reduction in Internet prices and an improvement of quality of Internet connections in South Africa and other markets in sub-Saharan Africa.

The Equiano subsea cable has landing stations in Sesimbra (Portugal), Lomé (Togo), Lagos (Nigeria), Swakopmund (Namibia), St Helena island and Melkbosstrand (South Africa).

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The Equiano cable system will be available in all Africa Data Centres’ facilities and give Liquid Dataport’s customers access to vast amounts of capacity at a reduced price, the company added. (Africa Data Centres is also a subsidiary of Cassava Technologies.)

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“Liquid Dataport plans to interconnect the Equiano landing stations to its East-West network across Africa, strengthening further its global IP route between Asia, Africa and the US, it said.  – © 2022 NewsCentral Media

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