Cable firm extends coverage to Cameroon
From OKORO CHINEDU
LAGOS, (CAJ News) – MainOne, West Africa’s leading communications services company, has announced the extension of its submarine fibre opticcable network from its cable landing station in Lagos to Kribi in Cameroon.
This is part of efforts to deepen internet penetration in West Africa.This new extension, the Nigerian Cameroun Submarine Cable System (NCSCS),will also branch out to two strategic points in Nigeria’s South-Southregion, Escravos in Delta State and Qua Iboe in Akwa Ibom State.The new system spanning approximately 1,100 km, is being built inpartnership with Cameroun Telecommunications (Camtel) and Huawei MarineNetworks, with investment provided by the Cameroun Government.
It isexpected to deliver capacity of up to an additional 12.8Tbps to broadbandusers in that country by the end of 2015.MainOne’s Regional Executive for West Africa, Kazeem Oladepo, reiteratedthe company’s vision for a better connected West Africa.Oladepo said MainOne supported initiatives to expedite the penetration ofreliable and affordable broadband internet services in the West Africanregion to drive economic development.“We have, and will continue to invest significantly in projects toaccelerate broadband access, which is part of our strategy to boost theeconomic and commercial development of West Africa,”
Oladepo said.Cameroon Minister of Posts and Telecommunications, Jean-Pierre Biyiti biEssam, said his Government had embarked on putting in place the necessaryfacilities to boost the demand and supply of services in quality, inquantity and at affordable prices, as well as to increasetelecommunications universal access and universal service.David Nkoto Emane, General Manager, Cameroon TelecommunicationsCorporation (CAMTEL), said theNCSCS system enabled them to provide userswith faster bandwidth connectivity at a significantly lower cost.
“By providing direct connection to Nigeria, the cable system will alsoserve to enhance Cameroon’s position as the major bandwidth hub in theregion and internationally to Europe and beyond,” said Emane.
– CAJ News
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