Ivory Coast: MainOne will boost connectivity in the region
As part of its West African expansion, MainOne, the data center and connectivity solutions operator, has been licensed to expand national and international connectivity services in Ivory Coast. The C1B license, received from the Minister Bruno Koné, the Minister of Communication, Digital Economy and Post, will allow the company to land its submarine cable and build transmission infrastructure in Ivory Coast to strengthen connectivity, reduce the cost of international capacity and support wholesale customers, major operators and Internet service providers.
The Ivorian authorities believe that the construction of the fourth government-licensed cable will improve the country’s international connectivity and bring much more opportunity to the local market while increasing competitiveness. “We have just made a significant move through this authorization for the improvement of our country’s telecommunications infrastructure and in particular, the improvement of international connectivity. This cable will have an impact on prices and quality and will strengthen the security of our infrastructure, “said Minister Bruno Koné.
The introduction of the tenor, a provider of open access connectivity services, will further democratize the international bandwidth market in Ivory Coast and neighboring countries and lower bandwidth costs for broadband. local internet service providers, mobile operators or Telcos and local businesses.
“Ivory Coast is the most dynamic economy of the West African Economic and Monetary Union (UEMOA) and a very important hub for business and transport in West Africa. The decision to set up business in Ivory Coast was taken by the company’s management in light of the dynamism of the national economy and the accelerated development of the digital economy in Ivory Coast, as well as its regional leadership which in fact a natural hub for the West African region, “said Funke Opeke, the Group’s General Manager.
As part of its overall plan to invest nearly $ 20 million in Ivory Coast with a mission to focus on the provision of wholesale connectivity services, MainOne has been licensed and will begin construction of its digital cable transmission in June 2018 and is expected to be completed in the second half of 2019. The cable landing will provide free access infrastructure in Ivory Coast and other WAEMU countries to expand access internet to all users in the region and promote rapid development and increased trade in the service sector, and improve public services to encourage the development of regional enterprises.
“By investing in and encouraging the business ecosystem in West Africa, our intention is to bring tangible technology solutions to businesses, strengthen them in their quest to improve productivity and efficiency across dedicated and reliable connectivity services. We are ready to work with existing operators to improve regional integration and global access, “concluded Ms. Opeke.
The company is committed to increasing broadband access through fiber infrastructure and data centers across West Africa. With service provision in 10 countries including Nigeria, Ghana, Côte d’Ivoire, Burkina Faso, Togo, Cameroon, Benin, Niger, Senegal and Chad, the company operates an international system 100-gigabits per second submarine cable that delivers high reliability connectivity that supports the growing demand for high-bandwidth Internet access and application such as e-commerce, content providers, OTT players and banking and electronic payments through 3 / 4G mobile networks. The MainOne submarine cable was the first cable in West Africa, owned by a private company, with a length of 7000 KM and a capacity of 4.96 terabits per second to connect west Africa to Europe through a landing in Portugal and multiple routes to London, Paris and Amsterdam.