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US funds Main One cable extension

11 September 2013, 09:36Henry Ifeanyi

Lagos - The United States Trade and Development Agency (USTDA) has awarded a grant to the Nigerian communications services company, Main One Cable, to support a feasibility study on the extension of a fibre optic network from Lagos to Port Harcourt.

The amount, which was not disclosed, will enable Main One to evaluate the technical and financial feasibility of extending approximately 300 miles of undersea fibre optic cabling and supporting infrastructure between two of Nigeria's most important commercial centres.

The new investment will connect Port Harcourt to the existing Main One cable system, which spans approximately 4 500 miles and provides capacity for international and internet connectivity.

Access to the cable system at Port Harcourt, the center of Nigeria's oil and gas industry, will dramatically decrease the costs of bandwidth and enable the growth of businesses and consumers using telecom services in the region.

The feasibility study will include an assessment of cable installation techniques and a recommendation for the cable route, an assessment of potential long-term maintenance hazards to the cable and a detailed demand assessment for the extension.

Paul Martin, USTDA Regional Director for sub-Saharan Africa, said this project was an important example of Main One's commitment to bring high-speed broadband access to Africa.

"We are proud to be supporting Main One in their efforts to provide the infrastructure for broad-based economic growth in Nigeria,” he added.

Funke Opeke, CEO of Main One, stated, “We are appreciative to the USTDA for this important grant towards furthering the development of broadband services and thus economic development in the oil-producing Niger delta region."

- CAJ News



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