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Google lays fiber-optic based network infrastructure in Uganda

Many people forget that at its core, Google is an advertising company. The search giant knows very well that when more people have access to the internet, more people are able to search, and the better Google’s advert business can be.

It’s the driving force behind Google’s recent foray into offering fiber-optic internet in various US cities, and testing out a fleet of balloons in the stratosphere that could offer internet to millions of people around the world.

And no doubt, it’s the driving force behind installing a fiber-optic backbone in Kampala, Uganda.

Announced Wednesday, the new fiber-optic infrastructure, part of Google’s Project Link, will enable mobile carriers and providers to offer speeds up to 100 times faster than before. The backbone connects directly to cell towers in the area, which can connect directly with hospitals and schools.

Map of Google’s fiber infrastructure

Google has not announced plans to expand the service to any other city.

More info at Google’s official blog.

 

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