Internet traffic is apparently picking up along Africa's western coast, as the Main One cable is getting a capacity upgrade already. The Nigerian-owned cable system and TE SubCom announced yesterday that they've brought online an additional bank of 10Gbps waves to meet growing customer demand.
Main One came online less than two years ago, hooking up Portugal with Nigeria and Ghana in its first phase. It's one of the biggest pipe available right now in the region, but there are more coming in a big way so it's interesting that Main One is adding capacity at this time.
The giant WACS cable is supposed to be carrying traffic soon, and the similar ACE system should follow later this year, each promising a total theoretical capacity of 5Tbps - though it will be a long while yet before the west coast of Africa needs quite that much. There could also be interesting effects when one or more of the various cables across the South Atlantic comes to fruition.
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