Main One Cable Company has announced it will launch its high capacity fibre-optic cable system on 1 July in Ghana and Nigeria. Last month the firm completed the first phase of installation from Accra in Ghana to Lagos, Nigeria, and has begun testing network equipment. According to Main One’s CEO, Funke Opeke, Phase 1 of the system spans 6,800km from Seixal in Portugal through the West African coast to Ghana and Nigeria and will deliver 1.93Tbps of much-needed international capacity into West Africa where rapid growth in telecoms has been blighted by limited global connectivity. In Portugal, it will interconnect to cable systems serving other markets in Europe, the Americas and Asia. Phase 2 of the project will see extension of the cable to South Africa.
Last week Main One signed a deal with Huawei Nigeria to provide it with its Intelligence Optical Switching System (OptiX OSN 9500) to serve as the backbone platform to provide high transmission bandwidths in the region. Main One has also inked a maintenance contract with Alcatel-Lucent for Phase 1 of the system. The agreement will enable Main One to address the need for managing and maintaining the network at the highest level of performance delivered at the lowest operating cost.