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Google to invest $1b across Africa

Google has said it will invest $1bn over five years to support digital transformation in Nigeria and other African countries.

The company added that this investment will lead to a 21 per cent drop in internet prices, and a five-fold increase in internet speed in Nigeria.

This was disclosed at the first Google for Africa event that held on Wednesday.

Managing Director for Google in Africa, Nitin Gajria, said, “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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