In October 2019, MainOne extended its 7,000 km submarine cable connecting Africa to Europe to the coast of Grand-Bassam with the objective of democratizing access to High speed internet in Ivory Coast and neighboring countries.
In accordance with the operator license obtained in 2018 and following the various authorizations issued by the competent Ivorian authorities, the effective landing of the submarine cable from the depths of the Atlantic Ocean to the beach chamber located in Grand-Bassam had take place on Thursday, October 3, 2019.
The impact of the submarine cable landing in Côte d’Ivoire
- 1 . Increase in international capacity supply
The presence of MainOne’s submarine cable in Ivory Coast with an initial capacity of 100 Gbps expandable to 1Tbps has considerably increased the supply of Internet capacity available in the country. This increase in supply had the immediate consequence of lowering the prices of international capacities on the Ivorian market.
- Improved quality of service
MainOne’s submarine cable has provided 100% uptime since its launch in Côte d’Ivoire. This level of availability, the highest on the market, guarantees Ivorians uninterrupted high-speed Internet access at all times.
- Connectivity environment open to all
The MainOne submarine cable landing station offers a neutral connectivity environment accessible to all operators to access international capacity and promote interconnection between the various networks in Côte d’Ivoire.
To date, all the main mobile and Internet operators in Côte d’Ivoire are interconnected to the MainOne cable station at VITIB.
- A Data Center directly connected to the Internet source
MainOne built a state-of-the-art modular neutral data center directly connected to the submarine cable landing station. This data center provides local data hosting to consumers in Côte d’Ivoire, as well as low latency to connect to other global data centers via the MainOne cable system.
The MainOne data center offers colocation services with the highest level of availability on the market in an environment of optimal connectivity.
- Activation of the sub-regional Internet exchange point
Following its connection to the national CIVIX Internet exchange point, MainOne enabled access to the sub-regional Internet exchange point, WAF-IX, which allows local operators to access sub-regional and international content hosted in the MainOne data center in Nigeria.
- Regional integration between French-speaking and English-speaking countries
The landing of the MainOne submarine cable in Nigeria, Ghana, Senegal and Côte d’Ivoire establishes a real communication bridge between the French-speaking and English-speaking countries of ECOWAS, thus strengthening sub-regional economic integration.
MainOne has opened direct routes to Côte d’Ivoire, Senegal, Burkina Faso, Ghana, Nigeria and Cameroon.
We thank the Ivorian authorities, stakeholders, partners and customers for placing their trust in us and for giving us the opportunity to support the development of the digital economy in the region through investments in infrastructure.