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Monday, February 16, 2009

MainOne Cable acquires landing sites in Lagos, Accra

Telecommunications infrastructure provider, MainOne Cable Company, has acquired landing sites in both Nigeria and Ghana where it has requisite rights from the regulatory organs in these countries.

Chief Executive Officer (CEO), MainOne Cable Company, Ms. Funke Opeke, made this disclosure in Lagos, at the weekend, saying that work has commenced on the project with initiation of survey in Portugal and surveys of the landing sites in both countries.

"We had an engineering team working with us in Accra last week and this week the team has been busy conducting detailed surveys and design reviews at our sites in Lekki-Lagos, where we will land the cable and build our cable station to house the equipment to power the cable and interconnect our network with those of other operators," she said.

Opeke also said that work on site has gone well and her company will finalise the designs on schedule, so as to apply for necessary approvals and plans for construction.

Stressing that the actual cable to be deployed in the project would be manufactured according to laid down engineering specifications before the end of the year.

In addition, she said that between Nigeria and Ghana, the regulatory environment is relatively the same with regards to the granting of pioneer license in the two West African countries.

"The fees were not onerous in Nigeria and Ghana in terms of obtaining pioneer licenses and its more or less and there is a high degree of responsibility," he said.

Ms Opeke further said that her firm has a vision to build the first private sector led and funded international telecommunications highway between West Africa and the rest of the world.

"We have established a group holding company across several countries in Africa and Europe to make this happen," she said.

Emphasizing that the operational headquarters will be based in Nigeria, highlighting the fact that MainOne has secured pioneer international fibre optic cable landing licenses in Nigeria and Ghana.

"We’re well positioned to be the premier and preferred wholesale international bandwidth provider in these markets," she said.

Assuring that the make up of the combination of the firm’s team of highly experienced professionals and selection of world class companies to work with, makes the company confident about successful delivery of the network.

The mission of the company, she said, is to bridge Africa’s digital divide by providing telecommunications infrastructure that enables cost effective access to global information, while its goal centres on building the most trusted, scalable and professionally managed international fibre optic network on the continent.

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