Cable upgrade links Nigeria and Portugal
from EMEKA OKONKWO in Abuja, Nigeria
ABUJA, (CAJ News) – MainOne, West Africa’s leading communications services and data centre provider, has announced the completion of the upgrade of its submarine cable network between Nigeria and Portugal.
The 100G wavelength upgrade, implemented using the Xtera Nu-wave Optima optical networking platform is expected to provide additional capacity
support for MainOne’s delivery of high-bandwidth services, and a more resilient network for its customers in West Africa.
This upgrade provides MainOne the capability to offer higher capacity to customers who are increasingly demanding such services for internet access via their 3G and 4G networks.
The MainOne Submarine Cable System links West Africa with Europe, bringing ultra-fast broadband in the region. It runs from Seixal in Portugal through Accra in Ghana to Lagos in Nigeria, with capacity to land branches in Morocco, Canary Islands, Senegal, and Ivory Coast.
The cable system, which now has an upgradable capacity of over 10 Terabits per second, first went live in July 2010, becoming the first private subsea cable to bring open-access, broadband capacity to West Africa.
Funke Opeke, Chief Executive Officer of MainOne, said they were seeing an information explosion in West Africa, which had brought about a dramatic increase in network traffic this year.
This has highlighted the need to scale up network for future demand.
“As a leading provider of data capacity to 8 countries in West Africa, and with the pending integration of our NigerCam system to Cameroun and
Nigeria’s South-South region, we needed to deploy more advanced technology to reliably meet our customer’s need for advanced and robust
communications services,” said Opeke.
Jon Hopper, Chief Executive Officer of Xtera, expressed pleasure to help MainOne upgrade its subsea cable infrastructure between Nigeria and
“New capacity will be added during this upgrade by deploying our high-capacity, long-distance optical networking product, Nu-Wave OptimaTM.
“The use of this advanced, field-proven multi-purpose platform will allow MainOne to introduce 100G services and support the development of digital economy in western Africa,” said Hopper.
– CAJ News
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