Main One, SEACOM link submarine networks to offer pan-African capacity

Undersea fiber-optic network operators Main One and SEACOM say they have connected their West and East African Cable Systems to launch capacity services between points of presence (PoPs), from a STM-1 level and above.

Undersea fiber-optic network operators Main One and SEACOM say they have connected their West and East African Cable Systems to launch capacity services between points of presence (PoPs), from a STM-1 level and above. The partnership extends the Main One and SEACOM networks to create a system that offers connection between any SEACOM and Main One PoPs around Africa between South Africa and Nigeria.

Main One’s cable links West Africa to the rest of the world via Portugal and the United Kingdom. SEACOM’s network extends approximately 17,000 km along the eastern and southern African coastlines and onwards to India and Europe.

Funke Opeke, Main One CEO, explained, “While efforts to implement a physical cable between Nigeria and South Africa continue, we have joined our cables together in Europe to satisfy many of our customers’ immediate requirements for capacity between Nigeria and South Africa.”

As with the Main One and SEACOM cables themselves, the joint offering is provided on an open-access basis and is immediately available.

“We hold the view that a ring-type system around the entire continent is the best way to attain adequate redundancy whilst offering customers a comprehensive connectivity solution. The announcement today shows our determination to find a viable way to extend our system with partners who share our vision to build the African Internet,” said Brian Herlihy, SEACOM CEO.

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