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MainOne readies submarine cable for service in Ivory Coast

MainOne readies submarine cable for service in Ivory Coast

Connectivity and datacentre solutions provider MainOne has announced its submarine cable in Cote d'Ivoire is live and ready for service.

According to a statement released by the company, the project, notable for being the first commercial cable system in service to deploy spectrum sharing capabilities, will offer capabilities to deepen infrastructure sharing and lower the cost of delivering broadband services to the region.

MainOne's said the network will ensure its customers continue to enjoy maximum uptime performance and reduced latency as the company increases bandwidth capacity and maintains direct connections to various regional and global Internet Exchanges including the Nigerian Internet Exchange (IXPN), Ghanaian Internet Exchange (GIX), London Internet Exchange (LINX) and Amsterdam Internet Exchange (AMSIX).

The network is expected to deliver affordable and scalable broadband services, together with secured and reliable solutions, providing support services for service providers in Cote d'Ivoire.

"This will offer optimised internet connectivity for business, as well as providing point-to-point International Private Leased Circuit (IPLC) communication services for businesses and enterprises, riding on its submarine cable along West Africa to the rest of the world," the company added.

MainOne also announced the availability of its Cote d'Ivoire Datacentre facility built to Tier III standards, to address the needs of corporate clients, public institutions and service providers for shared services, supporting their cost reduction and operational efficiency drive.

According to the company, it will offer rack spaces for customers to collocate their IT infrastructure with ease, while gaining access to fully redundant power, cooling, carrier-grade security, and fire – prevention facilities on a shared basis.

"The facility will enable businesses in Cote d'Ivoire attain significant savings in the deployment of their compute infrastructure and carrier neutral interconnection with multiple operators, providing them value added services and ensuring that they can stay focus on their core business, whilst MainOne manages their resources," the statement continues.

Kazeem Oladepo, Regional Executive, MainOne, stated, "We remain committed to providing infrastructure and connectivity services that support the digitisation journey and economic development of the region. Our investment into Cote d'Ivoire will see MainOne contributing to the growth of the local economy, by serving enterprises and telecommunication providers with world-class connectivity solutions and datacentre expertise."

The MainOne system traverses the coast of West Africa with fully operational landing stations from Seixal in Portugal through Accra in Ghana to Lagos in Nigeria, the addition of new branches in Dakar, Senegal and Grand Bassam, Cote d'Ivoire and additional branching units in Morocco and Tenerife yet to be connected.

In September 2019 the company announced the expansion of its datacentre brand, MDXi into Accra Ghana with a new datacentre facility, in keeping with its ongoing West African growth strategy.

The facility will be based in Appolonia City, a mixed use development 20 km from the centre of Accra, and is scheduled to be ready for service in Q4 2020.

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