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  • Johnnie Coleman, of MainOne Cable, walks past submarine-line terminating equipment at the cable-landing station in Lagos, Nigeria, on Aug. 5. This summer, a new $250 million MainOne cable snaked along the West African coastline, ending at Lagos, Nigeria's commercial capital. (Associated Press)

    New cables to tie Africa to Internet

    For a decade, West Africa's main connection to the Internet has been a single fiber-optic cable in the Atlantic, a tenuous and expensive link for one of the poorest areas of the planet. But this summer, a second cable snaked along the West African coastline, ending at Nigeria's commercial capital, Lagos.

  • In this Thursday, Aug. 5, 2010 photo, Johnnie Coleman, right, of MainOne Cable talks with a visitor at the cable landing station in Lagos, Nigeria. For a decade, West Africa's main connection to the Internet has been a single fiber-optic cable in the Atlantic, a tenuous and expensive link for one of the poorest areas of the planet. But this summer, a new $250-million MainOne cable snaked along the West African coastline ending at Nigeria's commercial capital, Lagos. It has more than five times the capacity of the old one and is set to bring competition to a market where wholesale Internet access costs nearly 500 times as much as it does in the U.S. (AP Photo/Sunday Alamba)

    New cables tie West Africa closer to Internet

    For a decade, West Africa's main connection to the Internet has been a single fiber-optic cable in the Atlantic, a tenuous and expensive link for one of the poorest areas of the planet.

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