MainOne wins crucial license for West Africa expansion

Gov’t approval said to help democratise the international bandwidth market in Cote d’Ivoire and neighbouring countries and drive down bandwidth costs for local Internet Service Providers, Telcos and indigenous businesses.

MainOne, one of Africa’s largest connectivity and data centre services provider, has been granted a license to land its submarine cable and build transmission infrastructure in Cote d’Ivoire.

The license represents a crucial step in the company’s expansion plans for West Africa and is also a step forward in Cote d’Ivoire diversification of internet infrastructure. The cable and consequent infrastructure are part of an overarching plan to invest close to $20m in the country.

MainOne said the cable will help improve connectivity across the country and region as well as lower the cost of international connectivity routes and support wholesale customers, major operators and Internet Service Providers.

The license, code named C1B, was attributed by Minister Bruno Koné, the country’s Minister for Communication, Digital Economy and Postal Services.

Minister Koné said: “We have just taken an important step through this authorisation for the improvement of the telecommunication infrastructure of our country, specifically the improvement of international connectivity.

“MainOne cable will have an impact on price and quality and will strengthen the security of our infrastructure.”

Funke Opeke [pictured], Chief Executive Officer of MainOne, said: “Cote d’Ivoire is the largest economy in the West African Economic and Monetary Union (WAEMU) and a very important hub for business and transport in West Africa.

“The dynamism of the national economy and accelerated development of the digital economy in Cote d’Ivoire as well as its regional leadership makes it a natural hub for the West African region and guided MainOne’s decision to invest in Cote d’Ivoire.

“By investing and encouraging the business ecosystem within West Africa, we hope to bring meaningful technology solutions to businesses, to enable them in their quest for improved productivity and efficiency through dedicated and reliable connectivity services.

We are prepared to collaborate with incumbent operators towards enhancing regional integration and global access.”