Mainone, West Africa’s leading provider of wholesale and enterprise connectivity and data center services turns 10. The company started data revolution in West Africa. It played a critical role in enabling internet access across West Africa where penetration rates have grown from less than 10% in 2010 to close to 40% ten years later.
On Wednesday, July 1, 2020, MainOne celebrated its 10th anniversary. The occasion was a notable one for MainOne, and for several tech companies that have benefited from the Internet capacity it has helped build.
MainOne launched in Nigeria in 2010 and provides services to MTN, Airtel, Etisalat and several ISPS in Nigeria. It does the same in Ghana, where it serves all the large operators. And it has since expanded to 10 West African countries, including Ghana, Cameroon, togo and Côte d’Ivoire.
A thank you message from MainOne CEO
Reflecting on 10 years in business, Ms. Funke Opeke, Chief Executive Officer of MainOne, said “We started on this journey to deploy critical infrastructure to bridge the digital divide in West Africa. While we are pleased that we have made an impact, there is so much more work to be done. The recent challenges we have faced with COVID-19Pandemic highlight the need for additional investment and smarter policies to deploy shared infrastructure required to make access to broadband a reality for more Africans at a price they can afford. MainOne has been leading that charge across West Africa for ten years and we are even more committed to realizing our vision today than we were 10 years ago”.
According to MainOne, the company had invested over $400 million in infrastructure in West Africa since inception, as part of its efforts to bridge the digital divide and enable the digital economy. The investments include submarine cables, terrestrial fiber networks, and Points of Presence (POPs) across the region.
Decade in review: Achievements abounded during past 10 year
- Nerds Unite brings together West African and global IT community together since 2016 through conferences, exhibitions, breakout sessions and networking activities.
- In 2019, MainOne landed its submarine cable in Grand Bassam, Cote D’Iviore, which is the final leg of the ongoing expansion to reach Senegal and Cote D’Ivoire.
- MainOne and social media giant Facebook, spent $20 million to develop terrestrial fibre infrastructure in Edo State, Southern Nigeria.
- October 2018, MDXI launches West Africa’s Carrier-Neutral Internet Exchange (IX) with Asteroid.
- June 2018, MainOne’s Data Centre subsidiary, MDXI received its Tier III Constructed Facility certification (TCCF) from the Uptime Institute.
- MainOne introduced SME-in-a-Box, a converged solution of high-speed internet, fixed-voice and cloud solution for SMEs.
- MainOne completes the high capacity Nigerian-Cameroun Submarine Cable System (NCSCS) connecting Lagos, Nigeria and Kribi, Cameroun.
- MainOne’s Data Center subsidiary, MDX-i, announced the launch of its new cloud-based service offering with Microsoft.
- In January 2015, launched its flagship data centre project “MDXi Lekki” lagos.
- It secured ISP and Metro Fiber Licenses in Nigeria, deployed ASN 37282 IP/NGN network in 2012
- In 2010, launched a 7,000km submarine cable with landing stations in Nigeria, Ghana and Portugal. It has reserved branching units Morocco, Canary Islands, Senegal and Ivory Coast. It began the construction project in February 2008 and launched for commercial service in 2010.
- MainOne has leveraged partnerships with key global players in the infrastructure and services markets.
- Free services to Co-Creation hub, MEST Nigeria, IDEA hub, Deacagon, , Legacy Offices and Workspace, amongst others.