MainOne plans to launch a cable landing station and data centre in Abidjan, following the issuance of a submarine cable landing licence by the government of Cote D’Ivoire.
The company announced that it is on schedule to land the cable and launch services in Abidjan by October 2019.
MainOne completed all critical surveys, and work was ongoing at the cable landing station and data centre.
The company 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.
MainOne’s regional executive, Kazeem Oladepo, said: “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 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.