Google announces new cable linking Africa and Australia

24 May 2024

Google has announced a new fibre optic route linking Africa and Australia to increase the reach and reliability of digital connectivity in Africa.

The infrastructure is called Umoja. The terrestrial part of the network is built in partnership with Liquid Intelligent Technologies. This will connect Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda, the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Zambia, Zimbabwe and South Africa. From there, a submarine link will be established to reach Australia via the Indian Ocean.

The Umoja cable is part of the Africa Connect project, just like the Equiano cable which connects Africa to Europe.

“This initiative is essential to ensure the redundancy and resilience of our region’s connectivity with the rest of the world, particularly in light of recent disruptions caused by submarine cable cuts. By strengthening our digital backbone, we are not only improving reliability, but also paving the way for greater digital inclusion, innovation and economic opportunities for our people and businesses,” said William Ruto, President of Kenya.