The Main One Cable submarine cable linking West Africa to Europe has gone live, paving the way for cheaper and more reliable internet access in the region. The 7,000 km, fibre-optic Main One Cable runs from Portugal to Nigeria and Ghana. The cable has landing stations in Nigeria and Ghana and branching units in Morocco, Senegal, Canary Islands and Ivory Coast. The Main One Cable Company says it delivers more than ten times the broadband capacity of the South Atlantic Terminal (SAT-3), Nigeria’s sole existing undersea cable, and 20 times the entire satellite capacity of sub-Saharan Africa. The cable, which has a capacity of 1.92 Tbps, has a speed which can accommodate 1 million MP3 downloads and 100 million voice calls per second. A second new fibre-optic cable owned by Nigerian operator Globacom is also due to go live this year.