Main One Completes Installation of Cable System in West Africa


ain One Cable Company, a submarine cable company offering open access, wholesale broadband capacity in West Africa, and its system supplier, Tyco Electronics Subsea Communications SubCom, have completed the installation of the first phase of its cable system on schedule.

The installation of the terminal equipment is said to have been completed in Seixal, Portugal and are under way at the system's landing sites in Lagos, Nigeria and Accra, Ghana.

The Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Main One Cable Company Funke Opeke stated that the Phase 1 of the Main One Cable System spans 6,800 kilometres and would provide the much-needed capacity between the West Coast of Africa and Portugal.

The dual fibre pair, 1.92 terabit per second, DWDM project would first connect Lagos, Accra, and Seixal with onward connectivity to Europe, Asia and the Americas, while Phase 2 of the project is expected to extend to South Africa.

The cable system, which is expected to be ready for service in June 2010, will provide open access to regional telecoms operators and Internet service providers at rates lower than existing international bandwidth prices in the region.

The system will also provide broadband capacity to expand Internet access in the sub-Saharan region, as well as ease the difficulties of switching traffic between African countries without the need to go through Europe.

Opeke stressed that, "We are thrilled to say that the challenge of completing the marine work for the Main One Cable System is behind us and that we will soon be able to concentrate on the critical mission of providing high-capacity bandwidth to regions of the globe where it is long overdue," adding that "together with SubCom, we have met our goals on schedule and we eagerly look towards delivering capacity to our customers and executing plans for expansion of the network."