According to a public Notice of Environmental Authorisation Process in South Africa, Google has selected Telkom SA as Landing Partner in South Africa, to land its private Equiano Cable System at the Melkbosstrand Cable Landing Station, about 35 km north of Cape Town.

Pursuant to the amended Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) Regulations published under the National Environmental Management Act, 1998 (Act No. 107 of 1998) (NEMA), Telkom SA SOC Limited, acting through its division Openserve intents to install the Equiano Cable System, to link South Africa with key international telecommunications hubs in Europe and Africa. Openserve has the required licenses to operate the Equiano cable system in South Africa and, as the designated Landing Partner of the Equiano Cable System in South Africa, Openserve aims to secure local permits to land the cable at Melkbosstrand.

It is also said that the Equiano cable will terminate at the existing Melkbosstrand Cable Landing Station owned and operated by Telkom.  

Telkom’s Melkbosstrand Cable Landing Station currently houses SAT-3/WASC and SAFE submarine cable systems. SAT-2 was housed in the station and decommissioned in 2013. 

The Equiano cable will follow the SAT-2 cable route to land at Melkbosstrand Beach and feed into the existing SAT-2 BMH located at Melkbosstrand Beach and the current Melkbosstrand CLS operated by Openserve in the town of Melkbosstrand.

Besides the landings at Melkbosstrand in South Africa, Lagos in Nigeria, Lison in Portugal, Google’s Equiano cable system will land in St Helena, the Canary Islands, DR Congo, etc.

Google has signed agreements respectively with St Helena Government (SHG) and the Cabildo de Tenerife (the Government of Tenerife, Canary Islands) to connect St Helena and the Canary Islands to Equiano subsea cable project. Google selected Liquid Telecom as Equiano's Landing Partner in DR Congo. Liquid Telecom has applied for and obtained a license from the Congolese Postal and Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (ARPTC) to build a subsea cable landing station in DR Congo.


Subssea Cables Landing at Melkbosstrand Beach
Subssea Cables Landing at Melkbosstrand Beach, Source: Equiano EIA Notice