SubCom, Main One wrap phase 1 of undersea cable installation

Main One Company, an undersea cable service provider offering open access, wholesale broadband capacity in West Africa, completed the first phase of the Main One Cable System with system supplier SubCom.

Set to be up and running by June, SubCom has installed terminal equipment in Seixal, Portugal with installation begun at landing sites in Lagos, Nigeria and Accra. Spanning 6,800 km, the Main One Cable System will provide capacity between the West Coast of Africa and Portugal. Initially the 1.92 Tbps, dual fiber pair, DWDM system will connect Lagos, Nigeria; Accra, Ghana and Seixal, Portugal. In phase 2, Main One will extend the cable to South Africa.

Because the Main One Cable System is an open access system, Main One argues that it would be able to provide regional service providers and ISPs lower-priced wholesale bandwidth capacity. In addition to providing lower-priced capacity, the system will expand Internet access in the sub-Saharan region and allow carriers to switch traffic between African countries without having to go through Europe.  

"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," said Funke Opeke, CEO of Main One Cable Company in a release.

For more:
- see the release here

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