February 1, 2012

Main One builds own network infrastructure

By Prince Osuagwu

Submarine cable company, MainOne has announced expansion of its infrastructure to enable people in other parts of the country access its services.  Before this expansion, MainOne had huge presence in Lagos where scores of businesses depend on its services for cheap and reliable broadband services.

The company said the expansion was necessary due to its determination to adequately service the huge market potential in Nigeria and neighbouring countries. Making the disclosure, Chief Executive Officer of the company, Ms Funke Opeke, explained that the investment became imperative in view of the increasing demand her company was recording on a daily basis.

According to her, many people have discovered the need for better access to the internet at a very fast and cheap rate and they also want to be able to use new kinds of applications, as well as access different types of content.

She however regretted the lack of a national backbone infrastructure on an open-access basis, which in her opinion, militates against transportation of capacity within Nigeria. She lamented that connecting people from the company’s landing point in Nigeria to London costs less than connecting people across Lagos.

She however, stated that she was not surprised with the huge market potentials Main One now has, because “I had hoped for the high demand when I first started sketching out my business plans far back in 2007,” she said.

Besides servicing the internet needs of the country, Opeke said that there were also plans to extend the cable down the coast to South Africa and connect it with Seacom, the underwater East African fibre-optic cable that became fully operational in 2009.

For her, the fibre-optic cable facility she launched in 2010 has an unmatched capacity of 1.92 terabits a second and provides open-access, broadband services in Nigeria and Ghana with further plans to commence operations in other West Africa countries.

The Main One Cable, connects West Africa with Europe, providing ultra-fast broadband in the region, even as it runs from Lagos through Accra in Ghana to Seixal in Portugal and branches out in Ivory Coast, Senegal, Canary Islands and Morocco.