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MainOne Unveils Subsea Cable System In Akwa Ibom

MainOne says it has successfully landed 2Africa’s 45,000-kilometre subsea cable system in Akwa Ibom State.

A statement by the company said the cable system would connect Akwa Ibom State and other underserved regions in Nigeria with Europe, Asia and other parts of Africa.

It also said the landing of this 180 tbps capacity submarine cable infrastructure will accelerate the proliferation of 4G and 5G as well as fixed broadband accessibility as well as supercharging digital transformation in critical sectors of Nigeria’s economy.

According to the Regional Business Head of MainOne, an Equinix Company, Abayomi Adebanjo, the aim of the submarine cable landing system to a coastal state in Nigeria outside of Lagos is to provide broadband internet capacity to the underserved and unserved markets in Nigeria.

He said the move would help democratise broadband access as well as provide robust connectivity and technological advancements, which will empower businesses, educational institutions, healthcare facilities, and other sectors to thrive in the digital age as well as achieve their potential.

Adebanjo said, “Digital infrastructure stands as the integral backbone for a thriving digital economy, and the unveiling of this submarine fibre optic cable, spanning 45,000km in length, with a design capacity of up to 180Tbp  interconnecting Akwa-Ibom and the South-South Region to Europe, Asia and other parts of Africa, signifies the creation of a limitless gateway that will bridge the digital divide by democratising access to millions of people in both underserved and unserved areas of Nigeria.

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On his part, the Akwa Ibom state Governor, Umo Eno said the monumental project would put the state on the map in the area of ICT innovation.

He maintained that the Submarine cable would boost the technology drive of the ARISE agenda of his administration, and called on the youths to take advantage of the infrastructure to explore their potential in Information and Communication Technology.

The governor promised to provide MainOne with the necessary support to enable the company to operate freely within the state.

Source: Punch

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