Google wants to connect Africa to Australia with Umoja cable

Google has announced plans to construct Umoja, the first-ever fibre-optic cable that will directly link Africa and Australia.

“We are excited to announce Umoja, a new fibre optic cable connecting Africa to Australia, and our expanded cybersecurity collaboration with Kenya, furthering our commitment to Africa’s digital transformation,” said Brian Quigley, VP, Global Network Infrastructure, Google Cloud. He added, “We are grateful for the partnership from leaders across Africa and Australia to deliver Africa Connect to people, businesses, and governments worldwide.”

Umoja, Swahili word for unity, joins Equiano in the Africa Connect initiative. It will enable African countries to more reliably connect and the rest of the world. Establishing a new route distinct from existing connectivity routes is critical to maintaining a resilient network for a region that has historically experienced high-impact outages.

“I am delighted to welcome Google’s investment in digital connectivity, marking a historic milestone for Kenya, Africa, and Australia. The new intercontinental fibre optic route will significantly enhance our global and regional digital infrastructure. This initiative is crucial in ensuring the redundancy and resilience of our region’s connectivity to the rest of the world, especially in light of recent disruptions caused by cuts to sub-sea cables. By strengthening our digital backbone, we are not only improving reliability but also paving the way for increased digital inclusion, innovation, and economic opportunities for our people and businesses,” noted President William Ruto.

Anchored in Kenya, the Umoja cable route will pass through Uganda, Rwanda, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Zambia, Zimbabwe, and South Africa, including the Google Cloud region, before crossing the Indian Ocean to Australia. Umoja’s terrestrial path was built in collaboration with Liquid Technologies to form a highly scalable route through Africa, including access points that will allow other countries to take advantage of the network.

“Access to the latest technology, supported by reliable and resilient digital infrastructure, is critical to growing economic opportunity. This is a meaningful moment for Kenya’s digital transformation journey and the benefits of today’s announcement will cascade across the region,” said Meg Whitman, US Ambassador to Kenya.

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