MainOne Lands Akwa Ibom’s First Submarine Cable

Nigerian telecommunications company, MainOne has landed an Internet submarine cable in Akwa Ibom, Nigeria. This is the first time such a cable is landing outside Lagos.

The company said in a statement that the feat marks a “significant milestone in enhancing broadband connectivity and driving economic development in the South-South, South-East and North-Central regions of Nigeria.”

At 45,000 kilometres long, the cable will interconnect Europe, Asia, and Africa.

How fast is the cable? The submarine cable is said to have a capacity of up to 180 terabytes per second. While all I can think about is playing 8k games at extremely high frame rates, the mission of the cable is to drive economic development in the South-South, South-East and North-Central regions of Nigeria.

The statement 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.

“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.

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.


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