LAGOS, NIGERIA & MORRISTOWN, NJ, USA - July 6, 2010 --
Main One has announced that its 1,920 Gbps, 7,000 kilometres long, submarine fibre optic cable system linking West Africa to Europe has been completed and commissioned. With landing stations in Nigeria and Ghana and branching units in Morocco, Canary Islands, Senegal and Ivory Coast, the cable will deliver unprecedented broadband capacity to West Africa, more than ten times what is currently available in the region. With its cable system now in operation, Main One is poised to champion a broadband communications revolution in Africa. This will positively impact businesses, governments and individuals by providing higher bandwidth and exceptional speeds at a lower cost. The ramifications of Main One’s cable will be felt in all sectors: from education, through to health and entertainment, helping to driving economic growth and creating job opportunities all over Africa.
“Today is a historic day for West Africa. The arrival of the Main One cable proves that enormous good can be done by Africans for Africans. We are pleased to realise the fruit of our dedication and commitment over the past 30 months. More importantly, we are happy to be a channel for driving growth in Africa and changing the status quo for the average African by providing reliable internet connectivity that is easily accessible and affordable for all,” said Fola Adeola, Chairman Main One Cable Company.
“We commend TE SubCom, our turnkey system supplier for delivering a high quality solution to us in record time,” added Funke Opeke, CEO of Main One. “TE SubCom demonstrated a willingness to work with us from the very inception of the project, despite the challenges we faced pioneering a project of this magnitude in this part of the world. We are delighted that as a result of their commitment and effort, we have a world class network to showcase and that will be providing excellent service for at least the next 25 years.”
“The on-schedule completion of Main One cable is a vital technological advancement and achievement for West Africa,” said David Coughlan, President of TE SubCom. “We are very proud to be associated with Main One and to have worked with their team to deliver the subsea cable system to West Africa. The state of the art, advanced technology fibre system we have deployed for Main One will provide the much needed bandwidth and capacity to facilitate communication between West Africa and the rest of the world. In addition, we’re extremely pleased to report that although the design capacity for the system was 1.92 TB/s, we’ve been able to demonstrate that with TE SubCom’s 40G SLTE equipment deployed, the as-installed system is actually capable of a remarkable 4.96 TB/s of capacity.”
Main One is wholly African and is the first privately owned submarine network cable in West Africa. A landmark achievement, Main One delivered its cable system on time and within budget, a rare occurrence with infrastructure projects of this magnitude and complexity in Africa.
About Main One
Main One Cable Company Limited (‘Main One’) is the first submarine cable company offering open access, wholesale broadband capacity in West Africa. Main One is wholly African-owned with a vision to expand the much needed capacity on the African continent and reduce costs of broadband communications across the Continent. This vision is being realized in a 1.92 Tbps and 7000km submarine cable system scheduled for service in June 2010 with initial landing stations in Nigeria, Ghana and Portugal – connecting West Africa to the rest of the world via Portugal and the United Kingdom.
Main One has leveraged experienced and proven world-class professionals in ensuring we get it right first time round and do so on time. We have built a state-of-the-art Network Operations Centre matching the best international standards and comparable to its global counterparts. We also have a strong management and technical team in place to ensure system reliability and constant availability backed by Service Level Agreements. Our systems are monitored 24 x 7 x 365 - every hour, every day, all year round to guarantee our customers minimum down time in service availability.
About Tyco Electronics Subsea Communications
Tyco Electronics Subsea Communications (SubCom) is an industry pioneer in undersea communications technology and marine services and a leading global supplier for today’s undersea communications requirements. Drawing on its heritage of technical innovation and industry recognized performance, the company delivers the most reliable, high quality solutions to organizations with undersea communications needs vital to their core mission. In more than five decades of operation, SubCom has designed, manufactured, and installed more than 100 undersea fiber optic systems around the world. SubCom’s global presence, backed by industry leading research and development laboratories, manufacturing facilities, installation and maintenance ships, depots, and management team work together to implement integrated solutions and network upgrades, with unsurpassed reliability, that support the needs of telecommunications, internet providers, offshore and science customers worldwide.
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