The Main One cross-continental submarine fibre-optic network which will connect Africa with the rest of the world is set for launch by mid-next year. The first phase of the project, which spans 7,000km, extends from Seixal in Portugal to Lagos in Nigeria and Accra in Ghana. Using dense wave multiplexing technology of 1.92Tbps with two fibre pairs, Main One Cable promises to deliver more broadband internet capacity to the West Africa sub region than any other existing or proposed submarine cable projects.
According to Funke Opeke, CEO of Main One Cable Company: ‘We are particularly delighted that our desk top research, marine survey, wet plant and dry plant designs have been successfully concluded while our wet plant and dry plant manufacture, respectively, have progressed considerably. We are also recording considerable progress with regard to the construction of our cable landing stations.’ She added that with the Main One project having secured commitments for the entire funding of its first phase, ‘practically everything’ is in place to ensure that the new cable will be ready for service in June 2010.