Google invests in internet for Africa

Google has announced plans to invest $ 1 billion over 5 years to support entrepreneurship in Africa by providing a faster, more accessible Internet.

According to the World Bank, the reliability of the Internet is one of the main concerns of the continent, where fewer than 1/3 of the population of 1.3 billion people are connected to broadband.

“This investment will support the digital transformation of the continent in four key areas. First, providing seamless access and product creation for every African user. Second, helping businesses to digitally transform. Third, investing in entrepreneurship to stimulate next-generation technology. And fourth, support non-profit organizations working to improve lives in Africa, "said Sundar Pichai, CEO of Google Inc. and parent company Alphabet.

Half of Africa's population is under the age of 18, which makes the continent a promising market.

Google executives say the company has made huge strides in this area in recent years, but more work is needed to make the Internet accessible and useful for every African.

The investment will go primarily to infrastructure development, including the Equiano submarine cable, which will connect South Africa, Namibia, Nigeria and Saint Helena to Europe.