Etisalat, MTN and Starcomms sign on to Main One

Main One Cable landing (image credit: Main One)
The Nigerian unit of UAE-based Etisalat, South Africa’s MTN and Starcomms of Nigeria have subscribed to Main One Cable Company’s high capacity fibre-optic cable system, which was launched commercially earlier this week linking West Africa to Europe, Reuters reports. The 7,200km Main One fibre-optic cable, which has landing stations in Nigeria and Ghana with branching units in Morocco, Canary Islands, Senegal and Cote d’Ivoire, will deliver 1.92Tbps of international capacity into West Africa. Steven Evans, chief executive of Etisalat Nigeria, told Reuters his firm was testing the cable and would inaugurate services over it within a day or two: ‘We are working very hard at the moment to go live on the network, hopefully within the next 24-48 hours … so that we will be one of the first people to be having broadband on the main network in Nigeria,’ he stated. Wholly African-owned, the Main One cable is the first privately-owned submarine cable system in West Africa.

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