First phase of Main One Cable marine installation completed

May 19, 2010
MAY 19, 2010 -- Main One Cable Co. and its system supplier, Tyco Electronics Subsea Communications (SubCom), announce the on schedule completion of the main lay program for the Main One Cable by the C.S. Tyco Resolute. Installation of terminal equipment is complete in Seixal, Portugal, and underway at the system’s landing sites in Lagos, Nigeria, and Accra, Ghana.

MAY 19, 2010 -- Main One Cable Co. and its system supplier, Tyco Electronics Subsea Communications (SubCom), announce the on schedule completion of the main lay program for the Main One Cable by the C.S. Tyco Resolute. Installation of terminal equipment is complete in Seixal, Portugal, and underway at the system’s landing sites in Lagos, Nigeria, and Accra, Ghana. The system is expected to be ready for service in June 2010.

Phase 1 of the Main One Cable System spans 6,800 km and will provide capacity between the west coast of Africa and Portugal. The dual fiber pair, 1.92-Tbps, DWDM project will first connect Lagos, Accra, and Seixal with onward connectivity to Europe, Asia, and the Americas. Phase 2 of the project is expected to extend to South Africa.

The Main One Cable System will provide open access to regional telecom operators and Internet service providers at rates lower than existing international bandwidth prices in the region, its owner asserts. The system will provide broadband capacity to expand Internet access in the sub-Saharan region, as well as ease the difficulties of switching traffic between African countries without the need to go through Europe.

“We are thrilled to say that the challenge of completing the marine work for the Main One Cable System is behind us and that we will soon be able to concentrate on the critical mission of providing high-capacity bandwidth to regions of the globe where it is long overdue,” said Funke Opeke, CEO of Main One Cable Co. “Together with SubCom, we have met our goals on schedule and we eagerly look towards delivering capacity to our customers and executing plans for expansion of the network.”

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