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Google announces Equiano, a subsea cable from Portugal to Africa

By mongeese · 5 replies
Jun 30, 2019
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  1. Stretching from the edge of Portugal, along Africa’s western coastline and touching down at the tip of South Africa, Equiano will connect much of Africa to Europe and the greater internet, with a capacity twenty times greater than the region’s current best cable. Google is negotiating the sale of nine branching units positioned along the cable, however, the first shall go to Nigeria, the homeland of Olaudah Equiano, who gives the cable its namesake.

    Olaudah Equiano was enslaved as a child in the mid-eighteenth century and was sold to a Royal Navy captain stationed in the British West Indies. Eventually, he was able to buy his freedom and in London became a writer and abolitionist, writing the first slavery memoir that changed the way the public viewed slavery.

    As a privately funded cable, Equiano will be very advanced. Primarily, it will employ space division multiplexing, which uses twelve rather than eight fiber pairs, as a traditional cable might have. The power-repeaters have a new design and the pump lasers, which amplify the signal, can be shared amongst multiple fiber pairs. It will also be the first subsea cable to use optical switching at the fiber-pair level, improving latency and efficiency.

    The contract to build the cable was signed with Alcatel Submarine Networks late last year, but Google hasn’t specified when construction will or did begin. The first phase, which will connect Portugal, Nigeria and South Africa will be completed in 2021, with more countries connected in the following years.

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  2. toooooot

    toooooot TS Evangelist Posts: 883   +427

    Them lucky bastards Nigerians and south Africans!
  3. toooooot

    toooooot TS Evangelist Posts: 883   +427

    Now do something with Washington, 1gbps internet for example.
    Frontier offered me to upgrade to 200/200 for 5 bucks. But they forgot to mention that their 5 is + rented equipment that customers arent allowed to buy or replace by alternative routers :D
    That 5 upgrade was more like 20 extra plus taxes.
    So I decided to skip that great deal.
  4. psycros

    psycros TS Evangelist Posts: 2,786   +2,608

    And what does Google get out of this, exactly? Do they rent bandwidth to backbone providers? More importantly, are they going to scrape data from the traffic?
  5. Wizwill

    Wizwill TS Booster Posts: 102   +48

    Of course they're going to scrape data from it! Everybody is going to get every scrap of data that they possibly can because that's the way money is being made today. Going back to the 49er days in California and Alaska, the guy that sold the miners the shovels and the gravel pans was the guy that really made the money. What we have to do is to decide whether we are interested in making money or opening minds with information.

    If we supply information to be scraped which ultimately will reveal truth, wisdom and knowledge that otherwise would not be disseminated, I WANT them to scrape it, or In any other way disseminate it as widely and as quickly as possible. Let all the people of the world have all the real Truth.

    edited for severalmisspellings
    MarkHughes likes this.
  6. Uncle Al

    Uncle Al TS Evangelist Posts: 5,525   +3,905

    Shoot .... I just want a crack at driving that cable spool vehicle!

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