Google’s subsea cable linking Portugal with S. Africa now in place

DGRM (Portugal’s general inspectorate of natural resources, security and maritime services) has announced that Google’s Equiano cable, linking Portugal to South Africa – a distance of approximately 15,000 kms, of which hundreds of kms traverse areas of special protection – is now in place and fully licensed – with MEO contracted as the company running the subsea cables office in Sesimbra. For users, this new facility will mean “an increase in the capacity of different telecoms services”. Equiano, named after Olaudah Equiano, a Nigerian-born writer and abolitionist who was enslaved as a boy, first announced by Google in 2019.