MainOne lands submarine cable in Côte d'Ivoire

Picture of CIV LANDNG for APO.JPGMainOne has landed its submarine cable in Grand Bassam, Côte d'Ivoire, which is the final leg of the ongoing expansion to reach Senegal and Côte d'Ivoire

The Grand Bassam landing, which follows the recent completion of the landing in Dakar Senegal, will extend the reach of the cable into the country and neighbouring countries, according to a statement from the company.

The deployment is also notable because it is the first commercial cable in service to deploy spectrum sharing capabilities guaranteed to deepen infrastructure sharing and lower the cost of delivering broadband services to West Africa, the company added.

The submarine cable will be connected to the newly constructed MainOne data centre in Abidjan, purposely built alongside the cable landing station to house infrastructure to facilitate the growth of the digital economy in Cote D’Ivoire.

The facility built to Tier III standards will address the needs of Internet Service Providers (ISPs), Telecom Operators and Mobile Network Operators (MNOs), Global Content providers and Enterprises in Côte d'Ivoire seeking infrastructure at competitive costs for locally resident data.

The facility will offer rack spaces for these businesses to collocate their IT infrastructure including servers and other equipment with ease while gaining access to fully redundant power, cooling, carrier-grade security, and fire-prevention. The carrier-neutral facility will also bring direct access to the MainOne Cable system as well as interconnection with major network operators in the country.

Speaking on the development, Funke Opeke, MainOne CEO, said, “We recognise the role that broadband infrastructure plays in driving the growth of the digital economy and economic development in the 21st Century and are excited that we can enable these investments in Côte d'Ivoire.”

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