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Main One Cable, Cisco tie deal to expand broadband capacity in Nigeria

Nigeria’s Main One Cable has sealed a deal with Cisco to use technologies from the networking giant in expanding its broadband capacity across the West African communications market.

Cisco announced that Main One Cable Company, the first privately owned submarine network cable company in West Africa, will be deploying Cisco’s Internet Protocol Next-Generation Network (IP NGN) solution to take broadband capacity in West Africa to the next level. The platform will provide a strong foundation for meeting Main One’s present and future business services requirements.

CEO, Main One, Funke Opeke, says demand for highly secure, high-bandwidth network capacity from government and global enterprise customers is driving Main One to deploy its new network.

In July 2010, Main One switched on its 7,000-kilometer submarine fiber optic cable system linking West Africa to Europe. The cable, which has landing stations in Nigeria and Ghana and branching units in Morocco, the Canary Islands, Senegal and Ivory Coast, delivers an unprecedented broadband capacity of 1,920 gigabits per second to West Africa, more than ten times what was available.

Since the go-live of Main One Cable, the company has sealed major deals including a 15-year bandwidth pact with the Nigerian Federal Government and other carriers like MTN Nigeria, among others.

Opeke says with the new deal with Cisco, “Main One is set to deliver a state-of-the-art IP Next-Generation Network platform to accelerate the deployment of broadband in West Africa. The market is demanding far more sophisticated services, and we have chosen to work with Cisco to deliver its latest and most innovative technology solutions that will help Main One develop its customer offerings and stay ahead of the game.”

Under the deal, working with Cisco, Main One will develop high-quality IP-based network and application service offerings to create an efficient content-delivery highway to private and public communications networks in West Africa.

Customers will benefit from various value-added services enabled by IP technology, such as virtual private networks (VPNs), voice over IP (VOIP), IPTV and advanced collaboration technologies.

Also, the Main One network will provide its customers with the flexibility of being able to purchase bandwidth in smaller increments, further enabling broadband penetration within West Africa. Integral to meeting these customer requirements will be the deployment of the Cisco CRS-3 Carrier Routing System and ASR 9000 Series routers for enhanced capacity, high resiliency, and robust IPv6 support, the companies announced.

President, Emerging Markets, Cisco, Paul Mountford, add that, “the deployment of new technology solutions can now be increased significantly throughout the sub-Saharan African region as Cisco and Main One join forces to develop a state-of-the-art IP network. Cisco’s vision is to be the leading enabler of ICT and broadband acceleration in Africa through innovative, scalable, high-value technology offerings and solutions. Main One’s high-capacity fibre optic cable will help this vision become a reality.”

With more than 12 times the traffic capacity of the nearest competing system, the Cisco CRS-3 is designed to transform the broadband communication and entertainment industry by accelerating the delivery of compelling new experiences for consumers, new revenue opportunities for Main One, and new ways to collaborate in the workplace.

Cisco says that IP NGN is an important element in supporting delivery of high-quality, rich-media Internet services noting that the platform is scalable, thereby empowering Main One to address anticipated growth in Internet traffic and demand for Internet-based video services from IPTV to TelePresence.

In addition to the increased capacity, the data center and cloud-computing intelligence embedded in the Cisco CRS-3 which uses the Network Positioning System (NPS), directs requests to data centers with available capacity. It will also support cloud-based VPNs.
Main One has worked with Cisco Advanced Services to install and deploy the CRS-3 and ASR 9000 routers. This accelerated build-out of the IP NGN allows Main One Cable to fulfill and enhance the customer experience more quickly.

The annual Cisco Visual Networking Index (VNI) Forecast, 2009-2014 projects that consumer broadband usage and global IP NGN traffic will continue to climb significantly due to the new forms and expanded usage of interactive media and the explosion of video content across multiple devices. IP traffic in the Middle East and Africa will reach 1 exabyte per month by 2014 at a rate of 45 percent. Monthly Internet traffic in the Middle East and Africa will generate 182 million DVDs’ worth of traffic, or 727 petabytes per month. Business IP traffic will also grow fastest in the Middle East and Africa.

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