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MainOne powers Nigeria's submarine cable breakthrough in Akwa Ibom State. (Image source: MainOne)

MainOne, in collaboration with Equinix, has announced its pivotal role in the historic landing of Nigeria's first submarine cable system outside of Lagos, situated in Akwa Ibom State 

This achievement signifies a breakthrough in broadband connectivity, fostering economic development in Nigeria's South-South, South-East, and North-Central regions.

The 2Africa submarine cable project, spanning an impressive 45,000 km, stands as one of the world's largest. Designed to interconnect Europe, Asia, and Africa with a capacity of up to 180Tbps, 2Africa is poised to address critical internet needs and enhance reliability across vast expanses of Africa. It acts as a catalyst for advancing 4G, 5G, and fixed broadband accessibility, positively impacting billions of people.

The selection of Akwa Ibom as a landing site underscores its strategic importance in Nigeria's digital transformation journey. 2Africa, with its cable diversity and resiliency, significantly contributes to the country's digital infrastructure resilience. MainOne, as the landing partner, plays a crucial role in this endeavor, facilitating the establishment of a terrestrial metro fiber network in Akwa Ibom State and the entire South-South Nigeria. This network seamlessly connects enterprises and individuals in the region to the submarine cable system.

“With a commitment to consistently deploy financial capital and project resources towards infrastructure investments, MainOne is dedicated to improving internet capacity and driving various aspects of development, including economic growth, digital transformation, healthcare, security, agriculture, and increased state revenue in South-South Nigeria,” stated Abayomi Adebanjo, regional business head, MainOne, an Equinix Company.

The terrestrial metro fiber network addresses internet distribution constraints across the Southern and North-Central regions of Nigeria, bridging gaps in unserved and underserved areas. By hosting the submarine cable system landing and the fiber cable interconnection, Akwa Ibom State, the South-South Region, and Nigeria will unlock numerous economic and social benefits, fostering innovation, entrepreneurship, job creation, and improved public service delivery.