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Nigeria-Cameroon submarine cable goes live

Nigeria-Cameroon submarine cable goes live.

Telecoms and network services provider MainOne has announced that the high capacity Nigerian-Cameroon Submarine Cable System (NCSCS) connecting Lagos, Nigeria and Kribi, Cameroon has been completed and went live last month.

The new submarine cable system will address increasing demand for reliable broadband connectivity in Cameroon according to MainOne.

"(the submarine cable system) is a key component of the country's strategic plan to provide internet access to its citizens via a National Broadband Network."

The submarine cable installation began in June 2015 following a tripartite partnership between MainOne, The Ministry of Post and Telecommunications in Cameroon and Huawei Marine Networks.

The system has six-pairs, 1,100 kilometer long repeater submarine cable system is built to deliver capacity of up to 12.8Tbps to broadband users in Cameroon. MainOne also says it was lit with 40GB capacity from the first day.

"This extension is expected to boost Cameroon's extremely low fixed broadband penetration, currently estimated to be circa five percent (5%),"detailed MainOne's announcement.

The submarine cable system is built with branching units for strategic extension of its connectivity into Nigeria's Escravos in Delta State, Qua Iboe in Akwa Ibom State, and Bonny Island in Rivers State. MainOne adds that it has also concluded plans for a distribution hub in Port Harcourt, designed to bridge the technology gap between the South-South and the rest of Nigeria.

Kazeem Oladepo, MainOne's Regional Executive for West Africa reiterated the company's vision for a better connected West Africa along with the announcement.

"This is an excellent addition to our network and is added proof of our commitment to expand broadband, improve quality and drive down cost of internet services in West Africa. As part of our strategy to boost West Africa's economic and commercial development, we will continue to make deliberate and significant investments in connectivity projects that will facilitate increased access to broadband. The proposed extension of our submarine system to the Niger Delta region is particularly important for further development of the oil producing region of Nigeria, and will aid the region's rapid transition from an oil-dependent economy to a knowledge-focused one."

Oladepo also said that Nigeria's South-South region and Cameroon now have the platform to leverage the same quality of access to the Internet to catalyse social, economic and technological development as a result of the new submarine cable system.

"We have seen phenomenal changes across other areas with internet infrastructure such as Lagos, Nigeria where Yaba's Silicon Hub continues to provide opportunities for jobs, increased investor funding, and enhanced social entrepreneurship which is pushing the frontiers of e-commerce in Nigeria."

David Nkoto Emane, MainOne General Manager in Cameroon Telecommunications Corporation (CAMTEL) also lauded the milestone.

"Telecommunications Corporation (CAMTEL), said, "The NCSCS system enables us to provide users with faster bandwidth connectivity at a significantly lower cost. By providing direct connection to Nigeria, the cable system will also serve to enhance Cameroon's position as the major bandwidth hub in the region and internationally to Europe and beyond."

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