West Africa: SubCom wins contract to extend MainOne’s cable system to Senegal and Cote d’Ivoire

MainOne has selected SubCom to extend its submarine cable system into West Africa’s francophone region, with the addition of two branches connecting Senegal (Dakar) and Cote D’Ivoire (Abidjan). The project is part of MainOne’s recently announced plans for the region, in which Orange will play a role by investing in the construction of the new branches.

MainOne’s current system comprises a 7,000 km submarine cable that was launched in 2010 and has landing stations in Nigeria, Ghana and Portugal. The company said that the planned extension to Senegal and Cote D’Ivoire will also benefit services in neighbouring countries Burkina Faso, Mali and Mauritania. This will coincide with an upgrade project that will give its cable system a potential capacity of 10 Tbps by November 2019.

SubCom will use Ciena transmission equipment and will build flexible wavelength allocation into the system using WSS-ROADM network elements (Wavelength Selective Switching – Reconfigurable Optical Add/Drop Multiplexers).

Source: Agence Ecofin