Google pledges $1bn to support digital transformation in Nigeria, others
Google has pledged its support of $1bn over five years to support digital transformation in Nigeria and other African countries.
According to the company, the investment will lead to a 21 per cent drop in internet prices, and a five-fold increase in internet speed in Nigeria.
Revealing the company’s plan at the first Google for Africa event, the Managing Director for Google in Africa, Nitin Gajria, said, “Google remains committed to being helpful to every African business, person and classroom.
“Google is invested in building our global infrastructure to help bring everyone online.
“This includes Equiano, a state-of-the-art subsea cable that will connect Africa with Europe. We are already making tremendous progress on the construction of branches landing in Nigeria, Namibia, St Helena, and South Africa.
“Named after Olaudah Equiano, a Nigerian born writer and abolitionist, Equiano will provide approximately 20 times more network capacity than the last capable built to serve Africa.
“This will lead to a 21 per cent drop in internet prices, as well as a five-fold increase in internet speed in Nigeria, and almost triple in South Africa.”
In addition, between 2022 to 2025, Equiano would indirectly create 1.7 million jobs in Nigeria and South Africa because of the expansion of the digital economy and peripheral sectors.