Google Boosts Kenya’s Digital Connectivity with Major Investments

Google’s new investments enhance Africa’s digital infrastructure, connectivity, cybersecurity, and economic growth.

Google has unveiled significant investments in digital infrastructure and security initiatives aimed at enhancing connectivity, economic growth, and resilience across Africa. A key highlight is the introduction of Umoja, the first-ever fiber optic route directly linking Africa to Australia. Anchored in Kenya, the route will traverse Uganda, Rwanda, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Zambia, Zimbabwe, and South Africa before crossing the Indian Ocean. This project, developed in collaboration with Liquid Intelligent Technologies, will enhance connectivity for African countries by providing a scalable and resilient network.

The announcement was made at a forum where prominent figures, including U.S. Ambassador to Kenya Meg Whitman, Kenyan President H.E. Dr. William S. Ruto, and Australian Minister for Communications Hon Michelle Rowland MP, expressed their support for the initiative. Strive Masiyiwa, Chairman and founder of Liquid Intelligent Technologies, highlighted the transformative impact of the Umoja project on Africa’s major cities, enhancing their connectivity to the world.

In addition to infrastructure, Google signed a Statement of Collaboration with Kenya’s Ministry of Information Communications and The Digital Economy. This agreement focuses on cybersecurity, data-driven innovation, digital upskilling, and the responsible deployment of AI. Google Cloud and Kenya will work together to strengthen the country’s cybersecurity, particularly for the eCitizen platform.

Google’s long-standing commitment to Africa includes a $1 billion investment over five years, announced in 2021. The company has already invested over $900 million, with plans to fulfill its commitment by 2026. These investments have driven significant economic activity, with third-party estimates showing over $30 billion in economic benefits from Google’s products and services between 2021 and 2023.

Google’s initiatives in Africa extend to training and certification programs, such as the Google Hustle Academy, which has supported over 3,500 small businesses in Kenya. Additionally, Google’s AI Research Centers in Ghana and Nairobi, along with the Product Development Center in Kenya, are driving innovations to address various challenges across the continent, including healthcare improvements.

Google remains dedicated to partnering with communities, businesses, and governments across Africa to foster innovation and economic growth, marking a significant step forward for Kenya and the region.

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