TE SubCom set to extend cable system in West Africa

subNew landings designated for 7,000km submarine communications cable stretching from Portugal to West Africa. (Image source: Plarad Japan/Flickr)TE SubCom has received a contract from MainOne to extend the latter’s active submarine cable system into West Africa’s francophone region by opening two branches in Senegal and Cote D’Ivoire

The new branches will be connected to MainOne’s 7,000km cable system, which will extend from Portugal to Nigeria. Subcom will introduce new technology that aims to upgrade the system to 10TBps by November 2019, when the subsea system becomes operational.

The development will allow MainOne to have landing points in five markets which include Nigeria, Ghana, Senegal, Cote D’Ivoire and Portugal, and in addition Cameroon.

Francophone countries in West Africa like Burkina Faso, Mali and Mauritania will also benefit from these extensions into Cote D’Ivoire and Senegal.

Kazeem Oladepo, MainOne’s regional executive for West Africa, said, “MainOne continues to lead the current digital transformation of the region by ushering in affordable connectivity to drive economic development. Our objective remains focused on bridging the digital divide between West Africa and the rest of the world.”

“This extension of our subsea cable to Senegal and Cote D’Ivoire will further open up their international bandwidth markets, drive down costs and ultimately boost the economic and commercial development of the region,” he added.

Debbie Brask, vice-president, project management of TE SubCom, noted, “MainOne has also selected SubCom’s industry leading WSS ROADM technology to achieve dynamic capacity management in fulfilling the region’s burgeoning demand.”

Cote D’Ivoire and Senegal will be equipped with TE SubCom’s WSS ROADM technology that is seen to allow MainOne and its partners to match the capacity in each branch to the market need.

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