In November 2013, Google announced a metro fiber network serving Kampala, Uganda, designed to support third-party Internet service providers.
Project Link connects ISP partners providers to long-distance networks that in turn reach Internet access points.
Now Google says it will build a similar network in Ghana, serving Accra. “While undersea cables reach the coasts, the challenge remains to bring abundant bandwidth closer to Internet users in Ghana’s largest cities,” Google says.
Across Accra, Tema, and Kumasi, Project Link will build more than 1,200 kilometers of optical fiber cables to connect local ISPs and mobile service provider access or trunking networks to the metro optical network.
“Since we launched Project Link in Kampala, we’ve built over 700 kilometers of fiber across the city,” said Estelle Akofio-Sowah, Google Ghana Country Manager. “Now, we are working with a dozen local ISPs and MNOs, such as Vodafone Uganda and One Solutions, to improve the quality of Internet access in Uganda’s capital.”