This Nigerian broadband-data company plans to deepen African expansion

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MainOne Cable Co., a Nigerian broadband-data company, plans to expand its West African operations to meet growing demand for connectivity amid the coronavirus pandemic.

MainOne, which operates an undersea cable connecting West Africa to the rest of the world, will complete a data node in Ghana by the first quarter of 2021 and will build another in Burkina Faso, Chief Executive Officer Funke Opeke said in an emailed response to questions.

“The Covid-19 pandemic reinforced the significance of data centers,” she said. “We witnessed an increase in the uptake of cloud, co-location and connectivity services by a high number of customers.”

The Lagos-based company has built terrestrial-fiber and interconnection facilities in 10 West African countries, according to information on its website. New centers are also planned for Mali and Niger, Opeke said.

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Godwin Okafor is a Financial Journalist, Internet Social Entrepreneur and Founder of Naija247news Media Limited. He has over 16 years experience in financial journalism. His experience cuts across traditional and digital media. He started his journalism career at Business Day, Nigeria and founded Naija247news Media in 2010. Godwin holds a Bachelors degree in Industrial Relations and Personnel Management from the Lagos State University, Ojo, Lagos. He is an alumni of Lagos Business School and a Fellow of the University of Pennsylvania (Wharton Seminar for Business Journalists). Over the years, he has won a number of journalism awards. Godwin is the chairman of Emmerich Resources Limited, the publisher of Naija247news.

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