Main One selects Cisco to boost cable capacity

9 Mar 2011

Main One Cable Company, which operates the first privately-owned submarine fibre-optic cable in West Africa, has announced it will deploy Cisco’s Internet Protocol Next-Generation Network (IP NGN) solution to meet rising demand from government and global enterprise customers for secure, high-bandwidth network capacity. Working with Cisco, Main One will develop high-quality IP-based network and application services to create an efficient content-delivery highway to private and public communications networks in West Africa. Customers will be able to benefit from various IP-enabled value added services, such as virtual private networks (VPNs), voice-over-IP (VoIP), IPTV and advanced collaboration technologies. ‘Main One is set to deliver a state-of-the-art IP NGN platform to accelerate the deployment of broadband in West Africa, stated Funke Opeke, CEO of Main One, adding: ‘The market is demanding far more sophisticated services, and we have chosen to work with Cisco to deliver its latest and most innovative technology solutions that will help Main One develop its customer offerings and stay ahead of the game.’

According to TeleGeography’s GlobalComms Database, Main One was launched commercially in July 2010 linking West Africa to Europe. The 7,200km submarine 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.

Nigeria, Cisco Systems