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MainOne’s submarine cable goes live in Cote d’Ivoire

The company’s network will deliver affordable and scalable broadband services, together with secured and reliable solutions, providing support services for service providers in Cote d’Ivoire.


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CEO of MainOne, Funke Opeke, 2nd from left, with some leaders of Cote d'Ivoire during the launch of the service on Monday (Photo by MainOne)

West Africa's cable data provider, MainOne on Monday today announced the activation of its submarine cable in the West African nation of Cote d’Ivoire.

The project, notable for being the first commercial cable system in service to deploy spectrum sharing capabilities, will offer capabilities to deepen infrastructure sharing and lower the cost of delivering broadband services to the region, MainOne said on its website while announcing the service.

"MainOne’s entry into the Cote d’Ivoire market will facilitate world-class infrastructure availability and accessibility that meets market needs at any time.

"The network will ensure its customers continue to enjoy maximum uptime performance and reduced latency as the company increases bandwidth capacity and maintain direct connections to various regional and global Internet Exchanges including the Nigerian Internet Exchange (IXPN), Ghanaian Internet Exchange (GIX), London Internet Exchange (LINX) and Amsterdam Internet Exchange (AMS-IX)," MainOne said.

It added: "The company’s network will deliver affordable and scalable broadband services, together with secured and reliable solutions, providing support services for service providers in Cote d’Ivoire.

"This will offer optimized Internet connectivity for business, as well as providing point-to-point International Private Leased Circuit (IPLC) communication services for businesses and enterprises, riding on its submarine cable along West Africa to the rest of the world."

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Speaking on the impact of MainOne’s services in Cote d'Ivoire, Kazeem Oladepo, Regional Executive, MainOne, said: “We remain committed to providing infrastructure and connectivity services that support the digitization journey and economic development of the region.  

"Our investment into Cote d’Ivoire will see MainOne contributing to the growth of the local economy, by serving enterprises and telecommunication providers with world-class connectivity solutions and data centre expertise.”

MainOne’s submarine cable is the first private subsea cable to deliver open-access, broadband capacity to West Africa since 2010, heralding the explosion in Internet access witnessed in the region.

The MainOne system traverses the coast of West Africa with fully operational landing stations from Seixal in Portugal through Accra in Ghana to Lagos in Nigeria, the addition of new branches in Dakar, Senegal and Grand Bassam, Cote d’Ivoire and additional branching units in Morocco and Tenerife yet to be connected.

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