Google says it will build a new submarine cable from Portugal to South Africa, which promises to bring super-fast internet to local shores.
Business Insider SA reports that the new cable will use state-of-the-art infrastructure based on spatial multiplexing technology, which conveys information along parallel channels.
Google said in a statement that it would allow approximately 20 times the network capacity of the existing cable to South Africa.
"It will be the first submarine cable that includes optical fiber-level fiber switching instead of traditional wavelength overlapping approaches."
It is expected that the new cable, which will be fully funded by Google, will be operational in South Africa by 2021.