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MainOne urges protection of submarine cables, critical IT infrastructure

MainOne has joined Government Agencies, Maritime Bodies and other stakeholders with responsibilities in seabed use to clamour for the protection of submarine cables and other critical IT infrastructure at the 2nd Cable Protection and Awareness workshop, which held at the Harbour Point, Victoria Island recently.

The workshop, which sought to promote awareness of the strategic, economic and social benefits of submarine cables, especially to all stakeholders involved in seabed use, reiterated the significance of cables as critical information infrastructures whose availability, reliability and resilience are essential to the functioning of a modern economy, security, and other essential social values systems. As convener of the Annual workshop, MainOne hosted Submarine Cable Companies, Oil and Gas companies, Cable Maintenance bodies, and Regulatory Agencies tasked with maritime safety and protection, and environment responsibilities, such as the Nigerian Ports Authority, Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency, and the Nigerian Institute for Oceanography and Marine Research, among others.

Speaking at the event, MainOne’s Regulatory Manager, Oluwakemi Adeyanju explained that the annual Cable Protection Workshop ties into the global protection initiative organized by the International Cable Protection Committee to sensitize stakeholders on the critical role of cable protection. “We need to provide a collaborative, industry-wide framework for the protection of this critical infrastructure, and jointly tackle challenges QoS issues arising from infrastructure deficiencies. This workshop thus provides us an avenue to build ecosystems that assist enterprises in their stride for growth, and expediting the speed of broadband penetration across Nigeria and the West African sub-region”, She noted.

September 29, 2014