The new submarine cable system was launched in response to heightened demand for reliable broadband connectivity in Cameroon, and plays a key role in the country’s plans to provide universal internet access across the country via a National Broadband Network.
Building of the cable system began in June 2015, under a tripartite partnership between MainOne, Cameroon’s Ministry of Post and Telecommunications, and Huawei Marine Networks; with funds provided by the Cameroonian government.
The installation is formed of a six-pair, 1,100 kilometre repeater submarine cable system, and will deliver speeds of up to 12.8Tbps, and 40GB capacity.
The partners said the system is aimed at boosting Cameroon’s fixed broadband penetration, which is currently estimated to at a very low five per cent.
MainOne’s Regional Executive for West Africa, Kazeem Oladepo said internet infrastructure has brought about significant changes in the areas of Nigeria with stable connectivity, such as Lagos; and said the new cable system has the potential “to catalyze social, economic and technological development” in southern Nigeria and Cameroon.
“This is an excellent addition to our network and is added proof of our commitment to expand broadband, improve quality and drive down cost of internet services in West Africa,” said Oladepo.
“As part of our strategy to boost West Africa’s economic and commercial development, we will continue to make deliberate and significant investments in connectivity projects that will facilitate increased access to broadband.”
“The NCSCS system enables us to provide users with faster bandwidth connectivity at a significantly lower cost. By providing direct connection to Nigeria, the cable system will also serve to enhance Cameroon’s position as the major bandwidth hub in the region and internationally to Europe and beyond,” added David Nkoto Emane, General Manager at Cameroon Telecommunications Corporation (CAMTEL).