Google’s African broadband infrastructure company CSquared has attracted three new investors as the search engine giant looks to improve internet access via the rollout of wholesale fibre backbone networks. Google will be joined at CSquared by Convergence Partners, International Finance Corporation (IFC) and Mitsui.
CSquared kicked off its ‘Project Link’ scheme in Uganda in 2013, deploying fibre infrastructure in the capital Kampala which can be accessed by third party providers to improve their own connectivity. The rollout was then extended to Entebbe in Uganda, and also the Ghanaian cities of Accra, Tema and Kumasi, with more than 1,600km of fibre network deployed in total. Google says over 25 ISPs and services providers are now using its infrastructure in the two countries, and it has sought outside investors so it can ramp up its build and expand to new markets.
Marian Croak, Vice-President at Google, said: ‘We believe that together under CSquared, we can get more done to roll out and operate affordable, high speed, and reliable infrastructure to expand internet access in Africa. Project Link has demonstrated the impact of shared wholesale infrastructure, and we’re excited to see CSquared bring more infrastructure to more service providers and their customers.’