Cameroon’s Minister of Posts and Telecommunications Jean-Pierre Biyiti bi Essam has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Funke Opeke, CEO of Main One Cable Company, to establish a landing station for the submarine cable system in the country, according to Investir Au Cameroun. Nigerian-owned Main One Cable Company was incorporated in November 2006 with the aim of installing a new fibre-optic cable system linking West Africa to Europe to increase capacity and lower costs for international and intra-Africa communications. As well as the landing stations in Nigeria (Lagos), Ghana (Accra) and Portugal (Seixal), the system has branching units in Morocco, Canary Islands, Senegal and Cote d’Ivoire, while the second phase of the project will see the system extended to South Africa. The 7,000km cable went live on 1 July 2010 with a design capacity of 1.92Tbps. Cameroon has been connected to the SAT3 submarine cable since 1999 and in June 2012 the government signed an MoU with South Africa’s MTN to use the West African Cable System (WACS), which went live in May this year.
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