African infrastructure company Wiocc has raised $200-million in new debt and equity funding to build data centres and other infrastructure on the continent.
Openserve, the wholesale division of Telkom, has announced that it will serve as the landing station partner for Google’s massive Equiano submarine cable system in South Africa.
Google will spend $1-billion over the next five years on infrastructure development, skills development and other digital initiatives in Africa, CEO Sundar Pichai said.
Google’s new submarine cable system, Equiano, which will connect Africa and Europe, will make its first landfall later this week – on the island of St Helena in the South Atlantic.
Podcast | TechCentral speaks to Darren Bedford, chief development officer at Wiocc, a company originally founded to invest in the Eassy cable system along Africa’s east coast, about its growth plans.
Google will build a new subsea cable linking the US, the UK and Spain, further entrenching the technology giant’s role in global Internet infrastructure.
TechCentral editor Duncan McLeod is joined by Africa Data Centres CEO Stephane Duproz for a discussion on the company’s recent acquisition of Standard Bank’s Samrand data centre.
Seacom, which built the first subsea broadband cable along Africa’s east coast 10 years ago, is interested in acquiring capacity in Google’s new, high-capacity Equiano cable along the west coast to Europe.
Google and Facebook are in a race to surround Africa with high-capacity subsea broadband infrastructure, with the former announcing that the first phase of its project, which will connect South Africa to Portugal, will be ready for service in 2021.