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Nigeria-Cameroon submarine cable goes live

undersea technoLAGOS, (CAJ News) – THE high capacity Nigerian-Cameroon Submarine Cable System (NCSCS) connecting the two countries has gone live.

The link, which connects Lagos and Kribi in Cameroon, will address increasing demand for reliable broadband connectivity in Cameroun, and is a key component of the country’s strategic plan to provide internet access to its citizens via a National Broadband Network.

NCSCS is a project of MainOne, a leading telecoms and network services provider in West Africa.

MainOne’s Regional Executive for West Africa, Kazeem Oladepo, reiterated the company’s vision for a better connected West Africa.

“This is an excellent addition to our network and is added proof of our commitment to expand broadband, improve quality and drive down cost of internet services in West Africa,” said Oladepo.

The official said as part of their strategy to boost West Africa’s economic and commercial development, they would continue to make investments in connectivity projects that would facilitate increased
access to broadband.

“The proposed extension of our submarine system to the Niger Delta region is particularly important for further development of the oil producing region of Nigeria, and will aid the region’s rapid transition from an oil-dependent economy to a knowledge-focused one,” Oladepo said.

David Nkoto Emane, General Manager of Cameroon Telecommunications Corporation (CAMTEL), said the NCSCS system enabled them to provide users with faster bandwidth connectivity at a significantly lower cost.

“By providing direct connection to Nigeria, the cable system will also serve to enhance Cameroon’s position as the major bandwidth hub in the region and internationally to Europe and beyond,” said Emane.

The submarine cable installation, which commenced in June 2015 following a tripartite partnership between MainOne, The Ministry of Post and Telecommunications, Cameroun and Huawei Marine Networks, had investment provided by the Cameroun Government.

The six-pair, 1 100 kilometer repeater submarine cable system will deliver capacity of up to 12.8 TeraBytes Per Second to broadband users in Cameroun and is being lit with 40GB capacity from Day 1. This extension is expected to boost Cameroun’s extremely low fixed broadband penetration, currently
estimated to be circa 5 percent.

Built with branching units for strategic extension of its connectivity into Nigeria’s Escravos in Delta State, Qua Iboe in Akwa Ibom State, and Bonny Island in Rivers State, MainOne has concluded plans for a distribution hub in Port Harcourt, designed to bridge the technology gap between the South-South and the rest of Nigeria.

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