TE SubCom, MainOne sign major undersea communications deal to extend submarine cable system to francophone Africa

Although we are headquartered in Washington D.C., USA, our reporters and editors are working around the globe to cover what you care about. Become one of our members and help us keep our quality news free and available for all.


TE SubCom, a TE Connectivity Ltd company and an industry pioneer in undersea communications technology, on Thursday, announced it had secured a contract from leading connectivity and data center solutions provider, MainOne, to extend its active submarine cable system into West Africa’s francophone region.

The MainOne Submarine Cable System, which links West Africa with Europe is expected to bring ultra-fast broadband in the region. It runs from Seixal in Portugal to Lagos in Nigeria. The system first went live in July 2010, becoming the first privately-owned subsea cable to bring open-access broadband capacity in West Africa.

The new undersea deal would add two additional branches connecting Senegal (Dakar) and Cote D’Ivoire (Abidjan).

These new branches will connect to MainOne’s 7,000 km cable system, which extends from Portugal to Nigeria, and will inject new technology that upgrades the system to a potential capacity of 10TBps by November 2019 when the subsea system becomes operational.

With the new development, MainOne will have landing points in five markets – Nigeria, Ghana, Senegal, Cote D’Ivoire and Portugal, in addition to Cameroon.

A cluster of francophone countries in West Africa that are experiencing an increased demand for advanced telecom services including Burkina Faso, Mali, and Mauritania will also benefit from these extensions into Cote D’Ivoire and Senegal.

“MainOne continues to lead the current digital transformation of the region by ushering in affordable connectivity to drive economic development,” Kazeem Oladepo, MainOne’s regional executive for West Africa, was quoted as saying in a statement sent to TODAY NEWS AFRICA in Washington DC.

“Our objective remains focused on bridging the digital divide between West Africa and the rest of the world. We have, and will continue to, invest significantly in projects to accelerate broadband access to help local businesses address the challenges they face procuring capacity at competitive rates.

“This extension of our subsea cable to Senegal and Cote D’Ivoire will further open up their international bandwidth markets, drive down costs and ultimately boost the economic and commercial development of the region,” Oladepo added.

According to Debbie Brask, vice president, project management of TE SubCom, “these MainOne enhancements bring two additional connectivity options to this rapidly growing region”

“MainOne has also selected SubCom’s industry leading WSS ROADM technology to achieve dynamic capacity management in fulfilling the region’s burgeoning demand,” Brask added.

The new branches will be equipped with TE SubCom’s WSS ROADM technology that allows MainOne and its partners to match the capacity in each branch to the market need, thus optimizing cable utilization.

SubCom will also light the new branches with Ciena’s transmission equipment, which enables this flexibility and higher capacity. It is also an industry first for the deployment of undersea spectrum-sharing in Africa.

The new deals and new projects would be carried out by global companies. Ciena is a network strategy and technology company listed on the New York Stock Exchange while TE Connectivity Ltd. is a $13 billion global technology and manufacturing leader creating a safer, sustainable, productive, and connected future.

Read full article

Simon Ateba
Simon Ateba
Based in Washington, District of Columbia, United States of America, Simon leads a brilliant team of reporters, freelance journalists, analysts, researchers and contributors from around the world to run TODAY NEWS AFRICA as editor-in-chief. Simon Ateba's journalistic experience spans over 10 years and covers many beats, including business and investment, information technology, politics, diplomacy, human rights, science reporting and much more. Write him: [email protected]

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

Trending Now

MOST POPULAR

U.S. coronavirus infections break record, hit nearly 46,000 in a single day

The United States recorded nearly 46,000 new coronavirus infections on Friday, the highest number in a single day since the pandemic...

SEE IT: Certified true copy of the conviction of Nigeria’s House of Representatives Speaker Femi Gbajabiamila in the United States for $25,000 theft

The Speaker of the Nigerian House of Representatives Femi Gbajabiamila was convicted in the state of Georgia in the United States...

UPDATED: Wife of dead Nigerian Senator Bayo Osinowo recovering from COVID-19 as son beats the disease

Alhaja Mariam Osinowo, the wife of Senator Bayo Osinowo who passed away on Monday, is recovering from the novel coronavirus, family...

Nigerian Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu tests positive for coronavirus

The Ondo State Governor, Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, has tested positive for coronavirus, he said on Twitter on Tuesday. Ondo is a state...

Africa records highest daily number of coronavirus cases as pandemic accelerates in the region

Africa on Friday reported its highest daily number of coronavirus cases since the outbreak hit early this year, as the pandemic...
- Advertisement -

LATEST STORIES

EXCLUSIVE: IMF economist details how COVID-19 economic turmoil in Asia will affect Sub-Saharan Africa

The COVID-19 pandemic is battering economies in Asia with a contraction expected for the first time in many decades. The economic...

WHO says COVID-19 economic impact in Africa more severe than disease itself as continent struggles to raise remaining $44 billion of $110 billion needed

The economic impact of COVID-19 in Africa is more severe than the disease itself, at least for now, the World Health...

WHO urges strong COVID-19 safety measures in Africa as countries reopen

As African countries begin to reopen borders and air spaces, it is crucial that governments take effective measures to mitigate the...

Daily coronavirus infections in U.S. surpass 50,000 for first time

New reported coronavirus infections in the United States surpassed 50,000 on Wednesday for the first time, with California reporting record 9,740 new...

African Development Bank names former President of Ireland and two legal experts to review ethics report clearing President Adesina

The African Development Bank has named a former President of Ireland, a former attorney general in The Gambia and a Washington...

[/read_more]

Read full article

error: Alert: Content is protected !!
Share
Tweet
Share
Pin
WhatsApp