Equiano internet cable to land in June

12 terabytes per second
Paratus announced that the Equiano undersea cable system will be braught to shore at Swakopmund in June.
Adam Hartman
Paratus Telecom recently announced that the long-awaited Equiano submarine fibre-optic internet cable will be brought to shore at Swakopmund on 17 June.

“The time has arrived for shoring the Equiano cable. This is a historic day for Namibia in the communications industry,” said Paratus Namibia managing director Andrew Hall. According to him, shoring the undersea cable system will provide communication diversity; and the increased capacity derived from it will provide better services and an increasingly competitive environment in Namibia, ultimately benefitting the end-user.

Paratus completed its N$28 million landing station at Swakopmund - with all its high-tech fitting and security - in January, about a year after Paratus and Google became partners for the Equiano cable in Namibia. As with the West Africa Cable System (WACS) that landed at Swakopmund’s Mole area a decade ago, the new Equiano cable is about 14 000 km long, and will span from Portugal to South Africa with nine branching units - of which one is Namibia, through Swakopmund.

This time, the cable will land in the Platz am Meer waterfront area, and wind itself over one kilometre to the cable station situated at Ocean View. Here it will be connected to the network equipment that lights up the fiber so that it may carry data. The entire project will cost about N$6 billion. Namibia's investment in the project is about N$260 million, which includes the cable station.

The Equiano cable provides 20 times more network capacity than the previous cable – substantially increasing the international data capacity to Namibia at 12 terabytes per second. In 2019, Google first announced that its sub-sea cable project, Equiano, would connect Africa with Europe - running along the west coast of Africa. Paratus is the landing party for the Namibian branch of Equiano.

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