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Submarine Cables from United Kindom to Nigeria

MainOne says its submarine cable will land the shores of Nigeria in May 2010 and that it will be commercially launched in June 2010. The Main One cable project which totals USD 240 million will involve the laying of 7,000 Kilometres of submarine fibre optic cable between Seixal (a suburb of Lisbon) in Portugal, Accra in Ghana, and Lagos in Nigeria, respectively. The system will be based on a trunk-and-branch topology and include branching units to the Canary Islands, Morocco, Senegal, and CÙte d'Ivoire.

The expectations are high and hopes are rising on a daily basis as the September 2009 and May 2010 dates for the landing of submarine cables from the United Kingdom to the coast of Nigeria draws nearer.

Big time operators behind the laying of the submarine cables from the United Kingdom, Globacom, and MainOne Cable have assured Nigerians that the landing dates, which are imminent, have been confirmed by the contractors handling the projects, which they say are near completion.

Globacom says its Glo One Submarine cable has landed Accra, Ghana from the United Kingdom and that the duct where it will finally land in Nigeria has been prepared waiting for its arrival on the Nigerian coast. G;lobacom, the nation's second national carrier that is already warming up to step into the shoes of the national carrier has given September this year as the landing date of its Glo One Submarine cable.


Globacom on its part, has invested over $800 million on its Glo One Submarine cable project that will connect 16 countries in West Africa through Lisbon, Portugal to Bude in the United Kingdom on a 32 STM 64 project cable capacity. The Glo Submarine cable project spans 9,600 kilometres.


Both operators have assured of a deep fall in the cost of voice and data services as soon as the cables reach the shores of Nigeria. According to them the landing of submarine cable in Nigeria will crash the cost of bandwidth, which has remained very expensive, resulting to high cost of data and voice services as currently being experienced.

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