Following the issuance of a submarine cable landing licence to MainOne by the government of Cote D’Ivoire, the company has announced that it is on schedule to land the cable and launch services in Abidjan by October 2019.

MainOne, in a statement published in Thisday Newspaper said it had made significant progress in the project implementation process as all critical surveys had been completed, and work was ongoing at the cable landing station and data centre in Abidjan.

MainOne’s Regional Executive, Kazeem Oladepo, made this known during the company’s Annual General Meeting in Abidjan, where members of the Board of Directors of the group visited the VITIB location to observe the on-going construction of the data centre and the cable landing station.

MainOne said the data centre and landing station would provide the necessary infrastructure to support the growth of the broadband ecosystem in Cote D’Ivoire and the Francophone region, improve Internet access in the region, reduce bandwidth prices and make digital services more accessible.

“By investing in this infrastructure, we hope to bring meaningful and much-needed technology solutions to businesses and enable them in their quest for improved productivity and efficiency through dedicated and reliable connectivity services. We are prepared to collaborate with operators to expand capacity in Cote D’Ivoire and neighboring countries to enhance regional integration and global access,” he stated.

He said the strategic location of the data centre in the Grand-Bassam technology free trade zone, VITIB, would further strengthen the digital ecosystem in the zone, and attract more businesses and Foreign Direct Investment to the region.

MainOne is committed to deepening broadband access across West Africa via fibre infrastructure and data centre across 10 countries including  Nigeria, Ghana, Cote D’Ivoire, Burkina Faso, Togo, Cameroun, Benin, Niger, Senegal and Chad.