MainOne gets license for expansion in Cote d’Ivoire

MainOneMainOne plans to invest about US$20mn in Cote d’Ivoire. (Image source: MainOne)Telecom services provider MainOne said it has received a license to expand its connectivity services in Cote d’Ivoire, giving its plan to expand in West Africa a boost

MainOne, which plans to invest about US$20mn in Cote d’Ivoire, will finish construction of its digital transmission cable in the second half of 2019.

“By investing and encouraging the business ecosystem within West Africa, we hope to bring meaningful technology solutions to businesses, to enable them in their quest for improved productivity and efficiency through dedicated and reliable connectivity services. We are prepared to collaborate with incumbent operators towards enhancing regional integration and global access,” Opeke concluded.

The company will now be able to land its trans-Atlantic submarine cable and build transmission infrastructure in Cote d’Ivoire with the C1B license.

“Cote d’Ivoire is the largest economy in the West African Economic and Monetary Union (WAEMU) and a very important hub for business and transport in West Africa. The dynamism of the national economy and accelerated development of the digital economy in Cote d’Ivoire as well as its regional leadership makes it a natural hub for the West African region and guided MainOne’s decision to invest in Cote d’Ivoire”, Funke Opeke, CEO,MainOne, said.

“We have just taken an important step through this authorisation for the improvement of the telecommunication infrastructure of our country, specifically the improvement of international connectivity. MainOne cable will have an impact on price and quality and will strengthen the security of our infrastructure”, Bruno Koné, Cote d’Ivoire's minister for communication, digital economy and postal services, said.

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