MainOne set for submarine cable systems landing in Senegal and Cote d’Ivoire

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MainOne has confirmed the scheduled landing of its submarine cable systems in Senegal and Cote d’Ivoire in September and October this year.

The cable landing stations in Dakar, the capital of Senegal and Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire are fully built and are ready for the installation of equipment, according to the company.

The company is poised to undertake the physical connection of the branching units on its 7000km long fibre pair to the shore and terminal equipment.

The MainOne submarine cable is being installed by the Orange Marine specialised vessel, Pierre de Fermat vessel.

It will proceed to Abidjan to conclude the laying and final splice in the month of October, ready for service and commercial launch of the system scheduled for November 2019, the company reveals.

“MainOne is committed to leading the digital transformation across West Africa, driving economic growth and development by enabling and empowering the ecosystem through affordable and ubiquitous connectivity,” says the CEO of MainOne, Funke Opeke.


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“We are determined ultimately to improve the digital services of the region and today marks the realisation of that journey for Senegal with the landing of the Submarine cable which will drive substantial impact on both GDP and employment.”

MainOne will be deploying on the cable WSS ROADM Spectrum Sharing technology as part of the landing project.

The company highlights that the new technology will optimise the utilisation of the MainOne subsea cable, by enabling multiple operators to share optical spectrum on the omnibus fibre optic pair to obtain closer to 10 Terabits per second of capacity.

“Africa is experiencing a rapid technological evolution with mobile broadband connectivity enabling a tech ecosystem,” says the CEO of Orange Middle East and Africa, Alioune Ndiaye.

“Orange, as part of its multi-service strategy, is an important partner in the continent’s digital transformation as demonstrated by our continuous investment.

“Through the partnership with MainOne, we expect to see improved high speed and affordable broadband services in Senegal and Côte d’Ivoire that will reinforce connectivity and guarantee reliable access to global broadband networks.”

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