Alphabet’s X rolls out high-speed internet in Africa in partnership with Econet

Project Taara, Alphabet’s moonshot factory and formerly known as Google X, to expand affordable, high-speed internet to Sub-Saharan Africa.



Project Taara, Alphabet’s moonshot factory and formerly known as Google X, has teamed up with Econet and its subsidiaries, Liquid Telecom and Econet Group, to expand and enhance affordable, high-speed internet to communities across Sub-Saharan Africa.

The first rollout of networks will take place in Kenya, and will provide high speed connectivity. This is the first roll-out of Taara’s technology in Africa and follows a series of pilots in Kenya last year.

“This technology and our partnership with Taara forms an important building block towards realising our vision of a digitally connected future that leaves no African behind,” says Econet’s Executive for New Enterprises, Norman Moyo.

Test runs have been done in Kenya by Liquid Telecom and X since 2019. Seeing that the geography is highly dangerous and complicated with rivers, and vast stretches of wild land along with conflict zones, it was thought prudent.

Project X Taara Alphabet Google

This included testing across the waters between Mombasa Old Town and Diani in Kwale County, Kenya to bring high-speed bandwidth to communities on the South Coast.

Nic Rudnick, Liquid Telecom’s CEO says “Liquid Telecom has always been an early adopter of leading-edge technologies that support the Econet mission of using technology to empower Africans for economic prosperity. The trials we have conducted in Kenya have shown encouraging results of how we can reach new underserved areas with huge bandwidths as well as increase our network reliability. Every time we have connected a new country to our fibre network, our investment into middle-mile infrastructure has enabled people outside of the major cities and towns, to enjoy high-speed data”.

Project Taara is developing wireless optical communication technology that delivers high-speed, high-capacity connectivity over long distances using beams of light. Taara is transmitted in a similar manner to fiber cables, by carrying data through light. Taara uses light to transmit information at very high speeds as a very narrow, invisible beam. This beam is sent between two small Taara terminals to create a link. A single Taara link can cover up to 20 km and can transmit bandwidth of up to 20 Gbps+ — that’s enough connectivity for thousands of people to be watching YouTube at the same time.

The system is efficient and less costly.

The signals need an uninterrupted transmission, hence they are placed high up on towers, poles or rooftops. The project is utilising existing networks where possible to plug the gaps in technology that the vast continent of Africa suffers from.

The team has called for more partners and interested entities in Africa to join up with them. Their mission is to connect all the remote communities that are being left out of the technological advantages that the rest of the world is participating in.

X Moonshot Factory has a lot of cutting edge technology in development.

Christy Gren
Christy Gren is an Industry Specialist Reporter at Industry Leaders Magazine she enjoys writing about Unicorns, Silicon Valley, Startups, Business Leaders and Innovators. Her articles provide an insight about the Power Players in the field of Technology, Auto, Manufacturing, and F&B.

Recent Posts

PepsiCo relinquishes control of Tropicana for $3.3 billion

PepsiCo relinquishes control of Tropicana for $3.3 billion

PepsiCo will sell Tropicana and other juice brands to a private equity firm in exchange for pre-tax proceeds of 3.3 billion dollars.
9 hours ago
Sanofi bets big on mRNA future with Translate Bio acquisition offer

Sanofi bets big on mRNA future with Translate Bio acquisition offer

Sanofi’s CEO Paul Hudson is dead serious about mRNA technology and capabilities with a $3.2 billion acquisition offer to Translate Bio.
10 hours ago
Top 6 Energy Dividend Stocks to include in your portfolio

Top 6 Energy Dividend Stocks to include in your portfolio

The entire energy sector yield hovers around 4%, according to the Energy Select Sector SPDR exchange-traded fund.
1 day ago
Monte dei Paschi performance below par in EU banks stress test

Monte dei Paschi performance below par in EU banks stress test

The depletion of capital at each bank under the test’s harshest scenario will be closely scrutinised, and could potentially lead to hostile takeovers
3 days ago
Nokia to launch T20 tablet with 10.36 inch display

Nokia to launch T20 tablet with 10.36 inch display

The Nokia T20 will sport a 10.36-inch display and will have 4 GB RAM along with 64 gigs of native storage.
4 days ago
Ford sees surprise Q2 profit despite chip shortage and manufacturing hassles

Ford sees surprise Q2 profit despite chip shortage and manufacturing hassles

“The business is ‘spring loaded’ for a rebound when semiconductor supplies stabilize and more closely match demand.”
5 days ago