The American multinational technology company, Google has revealed that its Equiano subsea cable which is being launched at different points on the African continent is expected to launch in Nigeria as a major landing point this month to create 1.6million jobs and boost internet speed.
Mrs Juliet Ehimuan-Chiazor, the Director of Google West Africa, made the disclosure in a meeting with the Nigerian Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Professor Isa Pantami.
Google said that it is committed to supporting Nigeria’s National Digital Economy Policy and Strategy for a Digital Nigeria, adding that it is also committed to investing $1 billion in Africa over the next 5 years on projects which also include the Equiano subsea cable.
“The cable is expected to enable a fivefold increase in average internet speeds in Nigeria and create 1.6 million jobs,” Ehimuan-Chiazor said.
She added that the cable 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 the milestone is expected to take place in April 2022
The minister of communication and digital economy, Prof Isa Pantami added that the Buhari administration is committed to increasing the ease of doing business in Nigeria and assured that Federal Government will continue to promote regulations that support the country’s development.