Getting international connectivity into Africa is a tricky task requiring a series of interconnects and undersea cabling.
The West African nation of Cote d’Ivoire is expected to get a boost in its international connectivity services as MainOne announces the construction of a fourth cable.
The firm has been awarded a C1B license by the Minister for Communication, Digital Economy and Postal Services, Bruno Koné.
“We have just taken an important step through this authorisation for the improvement of the telecommunication infrastructure of our country, specifically the improvement of international connectivity. MainOne cable will have an impact on price and quality and will strengthen the security of our infrastructure,” the minister said in a statement.
The fourth cable is expected to not only improve connectivity but also lower international capacity costs and access. The crux of the matter is that Cote d’Ivoire might soon see lower costs for broadband internet.
Chief executive officer at MainOne Funke Opeke says that Cote d’Ivoire was an obvious choice for the firm when looking to grow into West Africa as it boasts the largest economy in the West African Economic and Monetary Union of which Senegal, Mali and Niger are members.
“By investing and encouraging the business ecosystem within West Africa, we hope to bring meaningful technology solutions to businesses, to enable them in their quest for improved productivity and efficiency through dedicated and reliable connectivity services. We are prepared to collaborate with incumbent operators towards enhancing regional integration and global access,” Opeke said in a statement.
MainOne provides services in 10 countries including Nigeria, Ghana, Cote d’Ivoire, Burkina Faso, Togo, Cameroun, Benin, Niger, Senegal, and Chad.