from OKORO CHINEDU in Lagos, Nigeria
LAGOS, (CAJ News) – ORANGE, the telecommunications operator, has reinforced its connectivity on the West African Coast through a major investment in the MainOne submarine cable.
The two companies have signed an agreement allowing for a major investment by Orange in the submarine cable system comprising a 7 000km submarine cable launched in 2010 with landing stations in Ghana, Nigeria and Portugal.
The partnership between Orange and MainOne Company will provide for the construction and installation of two new branches and stations to connect the cable to Dakar in Senegal and Abidjan in the Ivory Coast by mid-2019.
Thanks to this new cable connection, local populations will benefit from better connectivity, lower prices and access to new services.
Jérome Barré, Orange Chief Executive Officer of Wholesale and International Networks, said Orange’s ambition on international networks was to meet the needs of affiliates in their interconnection with the internet world and to increase its leadership on the international data services wholesale market.
“This partnership with MainOne will allow us to strengthen our presence, with new significant assets in West Africa,” Barré said.
Orange is present in 20 countries in Africa and the Middle East and has 119 million customers.
Funke Opeke, MainOne’s Chief Executive Officer, reiterated the company’s vision for a connected West Africa.
“Our objective is to bridge the digital divide between and within West Africa and the rest of the world,” she said.
– CAJ News