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Google’s Umoja Cable Linking Africa to Australia

Google has announced plans to build a new fiber optic cable called Umoja that will connect Africa to Australia. This cable will pass through several African countries, including Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Zambia, Zimbabwe, and South Africa, before crossing the Indian Ocean to reach Australia.

The Umoja cable will be the first direct fiber optic connection between Africa and Australia. Google has partnered with Liquid Technologies to create a highly scalable route through Africa, allowing other countries to access the network.

This project aims to improve internet connectivity and digital opportunities for people, businesses, and governments in Africa. It is made possible through partnerships with leaders across Africa and Australia. The President of Kenya, Dr. William S. Ruto, welcomed Google’s investment, stating that it will enhance the country’s global and regional digital infrastructure.


The Australian Minister for Communications, Hon Michelle Rowland MP, also praised the initiative, saying it will diversify Australia’s connectivity and support digital inclusion globally.

Umoja, which means “unity” in Swahili, is part of Google’s Africa Connect initiative, along with the Equiano cable that landed in Nigeria in 2022. This initiative aims to enable African countries to connect more reliably with each other and the rest of the world.

Google has committed to investing $1 billion in Africa over five years to support efforts like improved connectivity, startup investments, and boosting the region’s digital transformation. The company has invested over $900 million so far and expects to fulfill its commitment by 2026.


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