With the anticipated eight extra new submarine cables projected to berth in Africa within the coming years, telecommunication consultants have predicted an astronomical enhance in Africa’s submarine cable market and broadband penetration.
The consultants spoke at a latest webinar occasion, the place MainOne, supplier of connectivity and information centre providers for companies in West Africa, joined founding submarine operators, Ciena to debate Africa’s rising submarine cable market and its impression on broadband penetration.
The telecoms consultants have been of the view that with the eight new cables projected within the coming years, the African continent could be introduced as a veritable fulcrum for vital discourse amongst high business gamers at any intercontinental occasion.
They stated the event would assist Africa to play an important socio-economic function within the enhance of vital connectivity choices to shut the digital divide, whereas connecting Africa to the remainder of the digitised world.
“Over the past 4 years, Africa’s rising digital market has recorded the quickest progress charge and is the clear chief of worldwide bandwidth progress globally. The eight new cables projected within the coming years, will assist to additional deepen broadband penetration throughout Africa,” the telecoms consultants stated.
They defined that because the world’s second most populous continent with 1.4 billion folks and overlaying 20 per cent of the planet’s landmass, enough availability of digital infrastructure throughout the African continent would play an important socio-economic function that may additional improve Africa’s improvement, given the truth that at the moment, solely 25 per cent of the 1.4 billion African individuals are related.
Citing totally different world statistics that mentioned how Africa’s submarine cable penetration is driving broadband penetration throughout the African continent, the consultants stated Africa had the very best compound annual progress charge in broadband penetration the world over from 2016-2020, which they attributed to the sooner protection of submarine broadband cable throughout Africa.
One of many world statistics, as introduced by the telecoms consultants, confirmed that Africa had the very best compound annual progress charge of over 55 per cent inside the interval of 2016 and 2020, adopted by Asia, which had about 53 per cent progress charge and the US of America and Canada, which had about 50 per cent progress charge, inside the similar interval. The statistics additionally confirmed that the compound annual progress charge for different continents of the world, inside the similar interval of 2016-2020, have been Europe with 48 per cent progress charge, Oceania with 43 per cent progress charge, Center East with 38 per cent progress charge and Latin America with 33 per cent progress charge.
In Nigeria, which is probably the most populous nation in Africa, its broadband penetration stage reached 39.79 per cent, with broadband subscriptions determine of 75.95 million, as at July 2021, as launched lately by the Nigerian Communications Fee (NCC), a determine that elevated from 30. 04 per cent broadband penetration in December 2018. The expansion has been attributed to the berthing of varied submarine cables on the shores of the nation, by Glo1, MainOne, MTN WACS, Sat3 and 2Africa Consortium.
Giving additional particulars about Africa’s submarine cable protection that has pushed broadband penetration on the African continent, the Chief Technical Officer of MainOne, Anil Verma, who joined Ciena to debate Africa’s rising submarine cable market and its impression on broadband penetration, highlighted the vital function that MainOne has been enjoying in deepening broadband penetration and enabling digital progress in Africa.
He hinted that MainOne stays the one multinational to boast of service protection in 10 West African nations, related to IXs in London, Amsterdam, Lisbon, Marseille and Frankfurt, Lagos, Accra and Abidjan with three extra IP transit ports, with Tier 1 Web Service Suppliers (ISPs) in Europe.
“Taking into account that submarine cables carry near 99 per cent of the world’s intercontinental digital communications visitors, Africa requires entry to this world submarine community infrastructure to completely profit from a world digital financial system. In a bid enhance connectivity, MainOne maintains over 50 Factors of Presence (PoPs) throughout Africa and Europe that transfer information visitors throughout her community and her Tier III information centre subsidiary – MDXi, with headquarters in Lagos. The corporate additionally lands her submarine cable in Ghana and Côte d’Ivoire the place she equally operates information centres in Accra and Abidjan,” Verma stated.
The mix of a submarine cable community, terrestrial metropolitan fiber infrastructure, information centre property, and broad interconnect ecosystem makes MainOne a key enabler of digital transformation throughout West Africa, Verma added.
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