The latest initiative from Google’s apparent desire to connect the entire world comes in the form of Project Link, which the Web giant announced on Wednesday would aim to provide reliable broadband internet to developing regions.
Google announced that under the Project Link banner, it would be providing internet by installing high-speed fiber-optic networks in regions where Internet infrastructure was inadequate or even non-existent. This new initiative will make it possible for local Internet service providers all over Africa to offer more reliable and faster internet connections, providing people with improved educational and professional opportunities.
The project has been kicked off in Kampala, the capital city of Uganda, where Google reported that internet connections were only at “pre-broadband speeds”. Although Africa is home to over a billion people and is in fact the fastest growing continent on Earth, only 16% of people have access to an internet connection. Writing in an official company blog, Google Access Field Director Kai Wuff outlined the problem with an unconnected Africa; “That leaves a huge population without access to new opportunities, such as a reliable channel to the latest news, a tool to join in worldwide commerce, or a platform to create and contribute photos, videos, and more.”
There is no exact news on when Google plan to launch the rest of their connectivity plan, but this is not the company’s first time dipping their toe in the water. Google’s other internet connection venture, Project Loon, aims to provide wireless connections to all corners of the globe via transmitters mounted on stratospheric weather balloons. Another plan by the web giant involves tapping into unused broadcast frequencies to provide wireless broadband in rural areas of South Africa.