Nigeria’s Main One gets US grant

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Nigeria is looking to continue its mobile and telecommunications infrastructure development. The country’s undersea cable operator Main One has announced it has won a grant from the United States Trade and Development Agency for the extension of the fiber network that runs from Lagos to Port Harcourt.

Funke Opke, CEO Main ONe Cable (image credit: Main One)
Funke Opeke, CEO Main One Cable (Image source: Main One)

The grant will enable Main One to evaluate the technical and financial feasibility of extending approximately 300 miles of undersea fiber cabling and supporting infrastructure between two of Nigeria’s most important commercial centers.

“The new investment will connect Port Harcourt to the existing Main One cable system, which spans 4,500 miles,” the company said in a press statement.

The feasibility study will include an assessment of cable installation techniques and a recommendation for the cable route, an assessment of potential long-term maintenance hazards to the cable and a detailed demand assessment for the extension.

Nigeria is hopeful that the continued bolstering of telecom networks and cables will help boost the country’s connectivity and increase its overall user base.

David Eto