West Africa: MainOne says cable system will land in Senegal in September, Cote d’Ivoire in October

MainOne has confirmed the scheduled landing of the MainOne submarine cable systems in Senegal in September and Cote d’Ivoire in October, reports CommunicationsWeek. The Cable Landing Stations (CLS) in Dakar and Abidjan are complete and ready for the installation of equipment. MainOne is poised to undertake the physical connection of the branching units on its 7,000 km omnibus fibre pair to the shore.

The MainOne submarine cable is being installed by the Orange Marine specialist vessel Pierre de Fermat, which has arrived in Dakar. It picked up the fibre and ancillary equipment, including repeaters, from Brest in France earlier in the month. It will proceed to Abidjan to conclude the laying and final splice in October. Commercial launch of the system is scheduled for November.

MainOne will deploy WSS ROADM (reconfigurable optical add/drop multiplexer) spectrum sharing capability so that several operators can share optical spectrum on the omnibus fibre optic pair to obtain closer to 10 Terabits per second of capacity.

The MainOne system traverses the coast of West Africa with fully operational landing stations from Seixal in Portugal via Accra in Ghana to Lagos in Nigeria, with branching units in Morocco and the Canary Islands yet to be connected.

Source: Telecompaper.com