The Nigerian-Cameroon Submarine Cable System (NCSCS), which will bring additional high speed broadband to Lagos (Nigeria) and Kribi (Cameroon), has been completed and is now live.

The installation of the cable – which will deliver up to 12.8Tbps of internet connectivity – began in June 2015 and was made possible by a partnership between West African telecoms provider MainOne, Cameroon’s Ministry of Post and Telecommunications and Huawei Marine Networks.

“This is an excellent addition to our network and is added proof of our commitment to expand broadband”, said MainOne Regional Executive for West Africa, Kazeem Oladepo.

At present only 5% of Cameroon has access to broadband, and it is expected that the completion of the NCSCS will increase overall broadband penetration in the country. Additional strategic extensions are also planned in other Nigerian regions including Escravos, Qua Iboe and Bonny Island.

During his statement, Oladepo mentioned that the additional connectivity is vital to oil production in Nigeria as well as making the economy less dependent on oil and more educated.

The executive explained, “We have seen phenomenal changes across other areas with internet infrastructure such as Lagos, Nigeria where Yaba’s Silicon Hub continues to provide opportunities for jobs, increased investor funding, and enhanced social entrepreneurship which is pushing the frontiers of ecommerce in Nigeria.”

The NCSCS has been live since last month, and is currently using just 40GB of its maximum capacity.

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