By Main One

Main One Cable Company announced today that it has upgraded the lit capacity on its undersea fibre optic cable system with an additional 20 Gbps between Lagos, Nigeria and Seixal Portugal, with deployment of an additional bank of 10 Gbps wavelengths ready for implementation on demand. This upgrade was necessary to meet the growing demand for bandwidth on the Main One network and represents the third capacity upgrade of the network since Main One’s launch in June 2010.


With this upgrade, Main One is positioned as the undersea cable system carrier with the highest lit capacity in West Africa – more than 12 times the capacity of the incumbent operator and higher than other existing and planned operators.


“We are growing the lit capacity on our network to accommodate the ever growing demand for the region’s Internet and international plus cross border transport capacity services,” said Funke Opeke, CEO of Main One. “This reinforces our position as the leading provider of wholesale Internet and transmission services to meet the expectations of our customers.”


The capacity upgrade was seamlessly executed by Main One’s Network Planning & Implementation team in conjunction with TE SubCom, Main One’s submarine cable system supplier and Business Unusual Limited, Infrastructure Project Managers.


“We are honored to have originally constructed Main One's world class network and to be a part of its continuing expansion,” said Michael Rieger, VP Sales for TE SubCom. “Main One's substantial increase in demand demonstrates their continued customer growth and we are pleased they have chosen us as supplier of this important upgrade.”


About Main One Cable Company

Main One is wholly African and is the first privately owned submarine network cable in West Africa with initial landing stations in Nigeria, Ghana and Portugal. Main One delivered its cable system on time and within budget, a rare occurrence with projects of this magnitude and complexity.


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About TE SubCom

TE SubCom (SubCom), a TE Connectivity Ltd. company, is an industry pioneer in undersea communications technology and marine services and a leading global supplier for today’s undersea communications requirements. Drawing on its heritage of technical innovation and industry recognized performance, SubCom delivers the most reliable, high quality solutions to organizations with undersea communications needs vital to their core mission. The company designs, manufactures and installs systems around the world, and has deployed more than 490,000km of subsea communication cable—or enough to circle the earth more than 12 times at the equator. SubCom’s global presence, backed by industry leading research and development laboratories, manufacturing facilities, installation and maintenance ships, depots, and management team work together to implement integrated solutions and network upgrades, with unsurpassed reliability, that support the needs of telecommunications, internet providers, offshore and science customers worldwide.


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About TE Connectivity

TE Connectivity is a global, $14 billion company that designs and manufactures approximately 500,000 products that connect and protect the flow of power and data inside the products that touch every aspect of our lives. Our nearly 100,000 employees partner with customers in virtually every industry—from consumer electronics, energy and healthcare, to automotive, aerospace and communication networks—enabling smarter, faster, better technologies to connect products to possibilities. More information on TE Connectivity can be found at