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Following its announcement to expand into other regions, West Africa’s leading connectivity and data centre solutions provider, MainOne Cable will be launching its services in Abidjan by October 2019 after the Government of Cote d’Ivoire issued a submarine cable landing license.

While speaking during the company’s Annual General Meeting (AGM) held in Abidjan alongside other members of the Board of Directors, MainOne’s Regional Executive, Kazeem Oladepo, emphasized the importance of this development.

“By investing in this infrastructure, we hope to bring meaningful and much-needed technology solutions to businesses and enable them in their quest for improved productivity and efficiency through dedicated and reliable connectivity services,” Oladepo said.

When completed, the center will support the growth of the broadband ecosystem, improve Internet access, reduce bandwidth prices and make digital services more accessible. This digital accessibility will not only be opened to Cote d’Ivoire but also other French-speaking countries.

The executive also revealed the company’s willingness to collaborate with operators to expand capacity in Cote d’Ivoire and neighbouring countries to enhance regional integration and global access.

This Datacenter will be situated in the Grand-Bassam technology free trade zone, VITIB, which will further strengthen the digital ecosystem in the zone, and attract more businesses and foreign direct investment (FDI) to the region.

MainOne continues to serve as one of West Africa’s best connectivity and data center service providers. The broadband company owns and operated the first African privately funded licensed submarine cable along the West African coastline.

Its decision to expand into Cote D’Ivoire is in line with the company’s commitment to deepening broadband access across West Africa via fiber infrastructure and data centers.

Last month, the broadband infrastructure company, in collaboration with Facebook expended $20 million to develop terrestrial fibre technology in Edo state, Nigeria. According to Nairametrics, two States in Nigeria – Edo and Ogun – will be recipients of the metro fibre infrastructure project by MainOne and Facebook. The project is meant to deepen broadband penetration in Nigeria and accelerate the digital transformation in these parts of the country.


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