Main One Restates Commitment to Early Completion of sub-marine fibre cable rollout


The company’s Managing Director, Funke Opeke stated in Lagos this week that the company remains committed to completing its 7,000 Kilometre transatlantic submarine cable for the middle of next year. The first phase of the massive project will extend from Portugal to Lagos in Nigeria and Accra in Ghana, respectively.

Main One Cable Company will be deploying the very latest technology in submarine fibre optic cabling. Using Dense Wave Multiplexing technology with 1.98 Terabits per second with two fibre pairs. Main One submarine cable will deliver more broadband Internet capacity to the West Africa sub region than any other existing or proposed undersea fibre projects.

According to Opeke, "we remain painstaking in our determination to ensure that the first phase of the Main One cable project is concluded by mid 2010. Indeed, we are already working with our initial set of customers to plan for the interconnection of their networks to our cable system when it lands in Nigeria and Ghana." The company, she said, was awarded the first ever private submarine cable landing licenses by the duo of the Nigerian Communications Commission and Ghana’s National Communication’s Authority last December.

In addition, said Opeke, Main One has since secured commitments for all of the $240m required to fully fund the transatlantic transmission cable and the various suppliers on the Main One project are working steadily towards the vital goal of on-time project completion.

"We trust that on completion, Main One cable will help to minimise the problems regularly encountered by millions of end-users in the sub-region on account of the shortcomings and occasional glitches on the pre-existing submarine cable. Interestingly, Main One will crash Internet bandwidth tariffs in the sub-region as our tariffs will be less than half of what operators currently pay for bandwidth from SAT3 or satellite service operators."

Opeke assured that in addition to providing jobs, Main One cable project which will operate an open access model, "will usher in a new dynamic regime of broadband Internet accessibility in Nigeria and the rest of the sub-region on completion, in mid 2010."