Alphabet’s Project Taara team bridged a connectivity gap between Brazzaville in the Republic of the Congo and Kinshasa in the Democratic Republic of Congo. These two cities are separated by the Congo River, and despite being just 4.8 kilometers apart, internet connectivity is 5-times more expensive in Kinshasa because the fiber connection has to travel more than 400 kms to route around the river. Read more for a video and additional information.
Once the links to beam connectivity over the river was installed by the Taara team, it managed to serve up nearly 700TB of data, which is the equivalent to watching a FIFA World Cup match in HD 270,000 times, over the span of 20 days with 99.9% availability. However, connectivity may not always be as reliable, mainly due to unpredictable weather and conditions in the future. Even with these headwinds, the team is confident that Taara’s links will continue to deliver similar performance and will play a key role in bringing fast, affordable connectivity to the 17 million people living in these cities.
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Being able to deliver high-speed internet (up to 20 Gbps) most of the time is a vastly better option than having millions of people miss out on the benefits of connectivity because the economics of laying hundreds of kilometers of cable in the ground simply don’t stack up,” said the team.