Monday, July 5, 2010

Undersea Cable Set To Boost West Africa Broadband reports on Main One, the eagerly-awaited submarine cable linking West Africa to Europe which has recently gone live, paving the way for cheaper and more reliable internet access in one of the world’s fastest-growing telecoms markets. The AfDB was the lead arranger and financier for this landmark ICT project.

Wired reports that the 4,350 mile fiber optic Main One Cable runs from Portugal to Nigeria and Ghana, and also branches out to Morocco, the Canary Islands, Senegal and Ivory Coast.

According to the article, the Main One Cable Company will deliver more than ten times the broadband capacity of the South Atlantic Terminal (SAT-3), Nigeria’s sole existing undersea cable, and 20 times the entire satellite capacity of sub-Saharan Africa. Click here to read more.