In 2019 Saint Helena, signed on to Google’s Equiano cable program to provide the remote, South Atlantic, volcanic island access to lightning-fast internet. This new fibre connectivity aims to provide each of the 4,500 Saints (residents of the island) with connection speeds of up to 15Gbps, a far cry from their current solution which has the whole island share a single 40Mbs connection, a satellite solution, now over 30 years old.
The cable laying and terrestrial infrastructure work are being carried out throughout summer 2021.
The Equiano cabling project is funded solely by Google, marking their 14th subsea cable investment globally alongside their other cross-continental projects Dunant and Curie. Delivering on this project is Elettra Tlc, a customer of Signalhorn’s and the owners of Téliri an Italian cable-laying ship responsible for the Saint Helena shore end works.
Signalhorn started providing Teliri with internet connectivity services via onboard VSAT and modem systems in 2017. Since then, the ship has laid cable across the Med Nautilus connecting Greece and Turkey as well as the LION2 system, the 2,700 kilometres of cable that extends the LION system (Lower Indian Ocean Network) to Kenya via Mayotte providing ultra-fast internet to the French African island also.
Half our world’s population doesn’t have access to reliable internet.
Through partnerships like ours with Elettra and the Téliri, we’re proud to be playing our part in connecting remote territories and their inhabitants to the internet and the rest of the world.
If you’d like to know more about our maritime internet connectivity solutions please contact sales.