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Monday, April 06, 2009

MainOne starts route survey with ‘Kommandor Jack’

MainOne Cable Company has announced the commencement of its route survey operations of the submarine cable project.

This first phase is expected to extend from Portugal to Nigeria and Ghana and will comprise 1.92 Terabits per second of bandwidth, more than 10 times the bandwidth currently available by the only other subsisting submarine cable in the territory.
It is also expected to crash internet bandwidth rates considerably.

Excited Chief Executive Officer, MainOne Cable Company, Ms. Funke Opeke, expressed delight at the remarkable progress that the pace-setting MainOne project has continued to record.

According to her, in a press statement made available to Champion Infotel, weekend, this main route survey operation follows the completion of the 27 kilometers in-shore survey operation near Portugal.

“The in-shore survey which commenced in January ahead of schedule was completed successfully in February. ‘Kommandor Jack’ the MainOne Cable survey vessel started mobilization in Lisbon, Portugal on Wednesday March 25 and has since set sailing from Portugal towards Nigeria and Ghana,” she said.

Over the next two months, she also said, while enroute Nigeria, the vessel will survey the proposed route for the cable with multi beam scan and profiling tests of the seabed to ensure the optimal placement of the cable.

Additionally, she said that at the initial landing, the vessel will also survey four extra spurs on different West African countries, on the way for proposed future landings of the cable.

Pointing out that only last December, the company was a recipient of the first ever issued sub marine cable licenses in Nigeria and Ghana respectively, she noted that the company has also secured survey permits from all the 15 countries enroute from Portugal to Nigeria.

“We are very delighted that the MainOne Cable Project continues to progress in line with our projections,” said Opeke. “The terrestrial infrastructure is matching the progress on the submarine system, with the terminal station in Portugal already in place and new construction in Nigeria and Ghana passing through local planning and construction preparations many months ahead of the required implementation date,” she asserted.

Even while the survey vessel, “Kommandor Jack” sails from Europe to Nigeria, Opeke said, manufacturing of cable and sophisticated electronics within the submerged repeaters are also proceeding ahead of plan.

“The various suppliers on the MainOne project are working steadily towards realizing the vital goal of on-time completion of a unique initiative that is expected to breathe a new life of vibrancy and reduced cost into the Broadband penetration regime in West Africa and subsequently, all over Africa,” she said.

Emphasizing that MainOne Cable is benefiting from the latest proven technology from world-class system suppliers that include utilization of low-loss fiber and the option to add and drop traffic on a number of additional landings. This route survey will demonstrate the security and viability of the route for a 25 year design life.

As said by her, the project is driven by a team of African entrepreneurs, and ranks among the most ambitious projects to emerge from Africa in recent years.

Its objective, she said, is three fold namely first, to radically boost Internet access across the continent; secondly, to crash tariffs providing open access to regional telecom operators and Internet Service Providers at rates that are less than 20 per cent of current international bandwidth tariffs obtainable via SAT 3 or satellite service providers; and thirdly, to expand skills transfer and the provision of jobs across the continent.

“As a business championed by Africans, Main One will encourage local content development via skills transfer of critical networking technologies”, reiterated Opeke. “We will also enhance job creation with the location of the Global Network Operational Centre (GNOC) for the entire system, in Nigeria and a cable station in Ghana,” she declared.

Further, she anticipated that the first phase will span 7,000 kilometres and is billed for completion in May 2010.


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