Google Sets To Invest $1B in Africa’s Digital Transformation

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In a bid to support digital transformation in Nigeria and other African countries, Google has announced its plan to invest $1bn over the period of five years for the course.

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This was disclosed at the first Google for Africa event held recently. The digital transformation investment will lead to a 21 per cent drop in internet prices, and a five-fold increase in internet speed in Nigeria, and almost triple in South Africa.

Managing Director for Google in Africa, Nitin Gajria, reaffirmed that 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.

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He added that 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.

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