Orange and MainOne sign deal to boost internet access in Francophone West Africa

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MainOne, West Africa’s connectivity and data services provider and Orange, French Telecoms company have agreed to a partnership that will see the telecoms giant co-invest in two new cable landing stations in Dakar, Senegal and Abidjan, Cote D’Ivoire.

With its 7000 km cable system from Europe to Africa, with landing stations in Nigeria, Ghana and Portugal, MainOne will provide additional capacity, reinforcing the position of both companies in the African telecommunications ecosystem.

Industry sources note that the partnership will help several countries in West Africa benefit from better connectivity, lower prices, and access to new services. Orange will also benefit from multiple Terabits per second of additional bandwidth for the development of fixed and mobile data in Africa. This will help meet increasing demands for internet access via 3G and 4G network.

Funke Opeke, MainOne Chief Executive Officer said “we are committed to deepening broadband penetration across West Africa and believe our investments in technologically advanced subsea infrastructure will continue to liberalise the international bandwidth market, further support Orange and other wholesale customers, and ultimately result in improved digital services in the region”.

Also speaking on the partnership, Chief Executive Officer of Orange Middle East and Africa, Alioune Ndiaye said “the development of new digital services in Africa has fostered huge social and economic developments over the past few years. As barriers continue to fall with improved networks and more affordable equipment, Orange, as part of its multi-service strategy, is seeking to position itself as an important partner in the continent’s digital transformation through this partnership”.

The MainOne Submarine Cable System links West Africa with Europe, bringing ultra fast broadband to the region. The cable system, which now has an upgraded capacity of over 10 TBPS, first went live in July 2010, becoming the first private subsea cable to bring open access broadband capacity to West Africa.

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