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Saturday, July 4, 2015

Control your Volvo car from your Apple Watch

Control your Volvo car from your Apple Watch

 Volvo Cars is set to release an updated version of its ground-breaking Volvo On Call smart app, delivering seamless connectivity with wearables such as the Apple Watch and Android Wear. This will effectively allow Volvo drivers with the Volvo On Call app to control settings, lock/unlock, locate and utilise many other Volvo services from their wrist.

“Volvo On Call is an app that allows you to literally take control over everyday elements in your Volvo. You can set heater timings for those cold and frosty mornings or cool down your car in hot weather, check your fuel level and mileage, or time to next service. It even helps you to locate your car in a crowded parking garage,” explains David Holecek, Director Connected Products and Services at Volvo Cars.

 Volvo On Call’s new functionality includes wearable connectivity for devices such as the Apple Watch, a full iPad user interface, Android Wear and a unified Windows Phone app with voice control through Cortana, an intelligent assistant system, amongst others. The update, which will also see the addition of enhanced ‘send-to-car’ capabilities for navigation purposes, is due to be released end of June.

Apart from adding new functionality, the Volvo On Call app has received a brand new design based on Volvo Cars’ celebrated Sensus driver interface in the new Volvo XC90.

Launched in 2001, Volvo On Call became one of the first car-based telematics systems in the world, providing both safety, security and tracking services in the car in case of accident, breakdown or theft using a car-installed SIM card. The system still provides the original safety functions – activated when the car’s airbags are deployed, or when the driver needs assistance, putting them in direct contact with a Volvo On Call operator, who, using GPS technology, can direct emergency services to the scene of the incident.

In recent years the application’s importance and geographic spread has increased exponentially, to include convenience features such as remote locking, fuel level indicators, find my car and remote locking on top of the leading safety and security services that it was originally launched to deliver. “In only a few years we have moved from a safety and security related in-car feature to a solution that allows the driver to stay connected with their car and provides many new benefits to support their everyday requirements,” concluded Sofia Wessman, Manager Volvo On Call at Volvo Cars.

Note to editors:
Volvo On Call is now available in 21 markets and there are currently around 230 000 active subscribers globally During the last 12 months Volvo has recorded around 8 million instances when the remote heater starter was used. Volvo On Call is currently standard in Brazil, the US and Canada. It is an option in all other markets where available. Sweden and China are the biggest option markets. The new XC90 has Volvo On Call as standard in many markets.

Volvo Car Group in 2014
For the 2014 financial year, Volvo Car Group recorded an operating profit of 2,252 MSEK (1,919 MSEK in 2013). Revenue over the period amounted to 129,959 MSEK (122,245 MSEK). For the full year 2014, global sales reached a record 465,866 cars, an increase of 8.9 per cent versus 2013. The record sales and operating profit cleared the way for Volvo Car Group to continue investing in its global transformation plan.

About Volvo Car Group

Volvo has been in operation since 1927. Today, Volvo Cars is one of the most well-known and respected car brands in the world with sales of 465,866 in 2014 in about 100 countries. Volvo Cars has been under the ownership of the Zhejiang Geely Holding (Geely Holding) of China since 2010. It formed part of the Swedish Volvo Group until 1999, when the company was bought by Ford Motor Company of the US. In 2010, Volvo Cars was acquired by Geely Holding.

As of December 2014, Volvo Cars had over 26,000 employees worldwide. Volvo Cars head office, product development, marketing and administration functions are mainly located in Gothenburg, Sweden. Volvo Cars head office for China is located in Shanghai. The company’s main car production plants are located in Gothenburg (Sweden), Ghent (Belgium) and Chengdu (China), while engines are manufactured in Skövde (Sweden) and Zhangjiakou (China) and body components in Olofström (Sweden).

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Friday, July 3, 2015

The Celebration of Francis Oladele, the Father of Nigerian Film Industry

The iREP International Documentary Film Forum on Friday July 3, 2015, celebrated the great Nigerian filmmaker Francis Adetunji Oladele, the Father of the Nigerian film industry who passed away on June 22, 2015.

Francis Oladele was famous for making the film "Bullfrog in the Sun", the adaptation of Chinua Achebe's all time classic novel "Things Fall Apart" in 1971, featuring Princess Elizabeth Bagaaya of Toro, Uganda, directed by great German filmmaker Jason Pohland and his first film "Kongi's Harvest", 1970 was the adaptation of Nobel Prize laureate Prof. Wole Soyinka's play of the same title. These films and others were done by his CALPENNY Nigeria Limited, the first indigenous film production company in Nigeria he founded in 1965 after returning from the United States of America where he studied photography at the New York Institute of Photography. CALPENNY was an acronym of California, Pennsylvania and New York.

When Francis Oladele got Princess Elizabeth of Toro to play a leading role in "Bullfrog in the Sun", she was already world famous as one of the most beautiful women in the world; one of the first three African women to be admitted to Cambridge University and the first to be admitted to the English Bar Association; the first black woman to have a spread in Vogue in the June 1969 edition in a four-page spread, and in November of 1969, she made history as the first black model to be on the cover of Harper’s Bazaar.

Elizabeth of Toro in a scene from "Bullfrog in the Sun".
Scenes from "Bullfrog in the Sun".
Photo Credits: Getty Images

 The event was held at the Kongi's Harvest Hall of Freedom Park on Lagos Island, Lagos. Accomplished filmmaker Tunde Kelani with the famous multiple award winning editor and documentary filmmaker Adegboyega Arulogun came to pay tribute to Francis Oladele. The organizers Femi Odugbemi, Jahman Anikulapo and Makin Soyinka with their iREP team coordinated the special event.. The filmmaker's son Lanre Oladele and other members of the family were also present. But no representatives came from Nollywood and Kannnywood..The loudest Igbo,Yoruba and Hausa actors, actresses, producers, directors and marketers were not there This clearly shows how ignorant and disconnected they are from the foundation of the Nigerian film industry and I know that majority of them don't even know the accomplishments of Francis Oladele who was the first Nigerian filmmaker to bring Hollywood filmmakers like the famous Ossie Davis who directed "Kongi’s Harvest" in 1970 and others to Nigeria.

Adegboyega Arulogun speaking in honour of Francis Oladele. 
Tunde Kelani, Femi Odugbemi and members of iREP.
 Femi Odugbemi speaking. 
Femi Odugbemi with Mrs. Iyabo Aboaba, the COO of Freedom Park and also National President of the Nigerian chapter of International Facility Management Association (IFMA).
 Members of Francis Oladele's family.
Some of the guests at the event.

~ By Ekenyerengozi Michael Chima, Publisher/Editor of NOLLYWOOD MIRROR® Series.

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The High Costs of Domestic Violence in America and What Pamela Anderson is Doing About It

Domestic Violence Statistics in the United States of America

  • Approximately 1.3 million women and 835,000 men are physically assaulted by an intimate partner annually in the United States. 
  • $5.8 billion each year is the cost of intimate partner rape, sexual assault and stalking. 
  • $4.1 billion of that is for direct medical and mental healthcare.
  •  Nearly 8 million days of unpaid work are lost each year due to domestic violence issues – the equivalent of 32,000 full time jobs.

See more details on what famous actress and cover girl Pamela Anderson is doing about it on TALK OF THE TOWN By Orikinla,

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Thursday, July 2, 2015

Nigerians Say Yes To YEZZ Mobile Phones in Exciting Launch into the Nigerian Market


#YEZZ! What You Want, How You Want It! 
"WhatsApp" - Andy, Billy & Foxy by Yezz Mobile 

YEZZ presents the world’s thinnest windows phone: Connecting the world with design and technology 24/7!

 Nigeria – 1 July 2015 Exciting Launch of Yezz Mobile into the Nigerian Market
Yezz Mobile was designed and birthed in Miami USA five years ago and has experienced tremendous success in the Latin American markets over the last few years. This success has led the US based company Yezz to expand its distribution footprint into Europe and also Africa, a key growth focus region for the company.

"The African market offers considerable growth prospects”, says Robert Schiano,Yezz Managing Director in EMEA, studies show that the number of smartphones sold by 2017 will double to 350 million units.
With Yezz brand, we have the ambition, portfolio and capabilities to be a major player in Africa in the mobile phone sector. With Nigeria being one of the most significant markets in Africa as well as globally, we are highly motivated to showcase the Yezz brand offering to the discerning Nigerian consumer.

Adeola Awesola, Country Manager YEZZ Mobile making a presentation at the Media Launch of YEZZ Phones in Lagos July 1st 2015. 

Yezz is proud to announce that TD Mobile has been selected as the preferred and exclusive distributor of Yezz in the Nigerian market. TD Mobile, a subsidiary of Technology Distributions, has an exemplary track record in terms of software, hardware, accessories and peripherals and enjoys prime status as one of the biggest distributors of mobile devices across the West African region. We believe that the partnership between TD Mobile and Yezz is well placed for success. TD Mobile will make the product range available for sale exclusively online via for the launch period, as well as through key partnership with Yudala and Key Opcos into selected open channel retail outlets throughout Nigeria.

LEFT TO RIGHT: Stomo Ekwegh,Business Development Manager Technology Distribution Mobile; Stanley Uzoechina,Vice President-Retail Yudala; Adeola Awesola, Country Manager YEZZ Mobile Nigeria and Mark Russel Chief Operations Officer Konga Nigeria; during the Media Launch of YEZZ Mobile Phones in Lagos on July 1st,2015.

Choice - Whilst Yezz has a broad product range, much research has gone into selecting the key devices which will appeal to the needs and aspirations of the Nigerian target consumer. This research has been validated by key operators, distributors and consumers. Based on this, Yezz will spearhead this charge with key smartphone products which provide the right balance of features, value for money, performance and design to win their hearts. To do this we will be giving consumers a choice of Yezz devices to suit whichever operating system the consumers prefer, starting off with Android and Windows phone devices, and to be followed shortly thereafter by a Firefox range of devices. In addition, most of the Yezz devices coming into market will come standard with between 3 to 4 additional colour covers. This will give consumers confidence that their device looks fresher and newer for longer.

Yezz Billy 4.7 – This device offering is the thinnest Windows phone on the market, packed with solid performance features and quality Qualcomm chipsets that establish this Windows phone as a quality device to the discerning consumer. This combined with a super light weight of 120 grams and a 4.7 inch screen will be a winner for the consumer looking for an alternative Windows phone to the current offerings in the market.
 In addition to this there will be a Yezz Billy 4 device for consumers looking for great value for money. This is a great entry level Windows smartphone device packed with class leading features including a 4 inch screen and quality at a highly competitive price to the end consumer. As weight and thinness are key design differentiators for the Yezz brand, we will be leading the Android Kit Kat charge with two very key super thin and superlight devices positioned to consumers who want a product they can confidently showcase to their friends, family and associates.

 Yezz Andy 5T – Our ultrathin Android 5T at 6.9mm and 123 grams really provides a unique coolness factor in terms of its design. Packed with a powerful 13mp main camera and 5mp selfie camera, combined with a highly useable 5 inch touchscreen, we see this as a highly desirable alternative to the existing offerings in the market, particularly in terms of design.

The Andy 6M is the perfect answer to consumers who want a device that is the perfect balance of value for money and gaming capabilities. With its 6 inch screen, 13mp main camera and 5mp selfie camera, as well as 2400 mAh battery, it ticks all of the right boxes for the target consumer.

In addition to the above devices, we will be offering the broader Yezz range into the key channels to cater for differing consumer demand and affordability requirements; this includes devices such as our entry-level C21 feature phone which is part of our mainstream smartphone device offering. More information on these devices can be obtained at

Finally, Yezz stands for Quality. We are confident in our brand as well as our products’ durability, and are offering our consumers a class leading 24 month warranty on all of our product range. Peace of mind should be part of the deal.
To learn more about Yezz, feel free to click onto our corporate website

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Mobile Technology Puts African Business Owners in the Driving Seat


Mobile technology puts African business owners in the driving seat

Keith Fenner - Sage ERP Africa.

JOHANNESBURG, South-Africa, July 2, 2015/ -- With smartphone penetration ramping up across Africa, the continent’s businesses have an opportunity to use mobile technology to become more efficient, productive, and responsive in the way they do business.

According to the Ericsson Mobility Report for 2015 (, there were more than 910 million mobile subscriptions in Africa by the first quarter of 2015. A growing number of these mobile users are now walking around with powerful smart devices that give them access to apps and information wherever they are.

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And that, in turn, creates new ways for organisations to interact with employees, suppliers, and other stakeholders. “We’re seeing many organisations mobilise their enterprise resource planning (ERP) software, “says Keith Fenner, Senior Vice-President Sales - Sage ERP Africa & Sage ERP X3 AAMEA, Director and Head of Sage Middle East (

“Workers and managers are increasingly able to access ERP data on the road to serve customers, speed up decision-making, and save time.”

For example, a salesperson can now easily check from a tablet or smartphone whether a product is in stock while on-site with a customer, says Fenner. They can capture the customer’s details and initiate the order without leaving the customer premises, all leading to a faster and more seamless service.

“Mobile workers can now use their time between meetings and at airports more productively,” he adds. “And they can access data on the spot so that they can react to opportunities and problems more rapidly. Of course, mobilising business processes also streamlines processes by allowing data to be captured in the field.”

Accounting for all on the move

Sage Pastel Accounting General Manager, Daryl Blundell, notes that mobility is transforming smaller businesses. “An accounting solution with a good mobile app is a real boon for SMEs,” he says. “Employees with mobile devices can be productive many more hours a week because they can work from anywhere in the world and can maximise what might otherwise have been wasted time waiting in airports and reception rooms.”

He adds: “Sales people can take their tablets into meetings and give PowerPoint presentations, while MDs can quickly see the status of business KPIs on a real-time dashboard. And enterprise mobility can allow employees access to information on the fly, such as financial reports, stock orders, customer data and inventory lists.

“Customers can accept terms by physically signing the mobile device, so deals can be negotiated and closed in one meeting. Employees can keep up to date with work without returning to the office and stay up to date on relevant projects so deadlines aren't missed. What’s more, it helps everyone achieve a healthy work-life balance.”

Mobilising HR functions
Mobile technology is also helping HR departments to become more efficient and to build better relationships with employees. Gerhard Hartman, Head of Sage HR & Payroll’s International Division, says that companies can now offer employee self-service (ESS) across mobile devices to streamline HR processes and engage employees more effectively.

“With mobile ESS, companies can enable employees to file leave applications, doctor’s notes when they’re ill, and expense claims - all from their mobile devices,” he adds. “They can look up their payslips, change their personal details, and more, all without needing to do paperwork or phone the HR department.”

Employees benefit from the convenience and access to information 24/7, while managers and the HR department can handle leave requests, expense claims, and other admin from their own mobile devices. The result is that everyone saves time and gets more done, says Hartman. “Accessing HR tools from your mobile simplify everyone's life - from the employee trying to figure out how many vacation days they have left to the HR team who should be focusing on strategy and value-add rather than on paperwork,” he adds.

Distributed by APO (African Press Organization) on behalf of Sage.

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Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Miss Franca Aide Puts Nigeria on the World Map of UNICEF's 2015 State of the World's Children

Miss Franca Aide from Edo State and third year student at the University of Calabar and the Girl Rising Ambassador for Calabar and National Coordinator for Girls United Together for Success (GUTS) has put Nigeria on the world map of UNICEF's 2015 The State of the World's mark the 25th anniversary of the Convention of the Rights of the Child, highlighting the work of remarkable young innovators who are already re-imagining the future – and invites the world to join this rising movement to advance the rights of every child.

About Girl Rising

Girl Rising is a global movement for girls' education, based primarily around a 2013 feature film, Girl Rising, produced by Kayce Freed, Tom Yellin and Holly Gordon at The Documentary Group in partnership with Paul G. Allen and Jody Allen of Vulcan Productions. It was directed by Academy Award nominee Richard E. Robbins and features narration by Anne Hathaway, Cate Blanchett, Selena Gomez, Liam Neeson, Priyanka Chopra, Chloë Grace Moretz, Freida Pinto, Salma Hayek, Meryl Streep, Alicia Keys and Kerry Washington.

The film tells the stories of nine girls from nine countries: (Sierra Leone, Haiti, Ethiopia, Afghanistan, Peru, Egypt, Nepal, India and Cambodia).[Each girl had her story written by a writer from her country and voiced by renowned actors. Their stories reflect their struggles to overcome societal or cultural barriers. The writers are Loung Ung (Cambodia), Edwidge Danticat (Haiti), Manjushree Thapa (Nepal), Mona Eltahawy (Egypt), Maaza Mengiste (Ethiopia), Sooni Taraporevala (India), Maria Arana (Peru), Aminatta Forna (Sierra Leone), Zarghuna Kargar (Afghanistan). The girls' names are Sokha (Cambodia), Wadley (Haiti), Suma (Nepal), Yasmin (Egypt), Azmera (Ethiopia), Ruksana (India), Senna (Peru), Mariama (Sierra Leone) and Amina (Afghanistan).

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi meets representatives of the "Girl Rising" campaign in New Delhi; 17 June 2015.

Journalists of the Documentary Group founded Girl Rising as an organization and campaign called 10x10. Originally, the film team hoped to profile ten girls from ten countries, but settled for nine, due to budget and time constraints.

About Girls United Together for Success (GUTS)
For GUTS, every girl in Nigeria must go to school and have a good education from primary school to the university.
GUTS will campaign against every form of child labor in Nigeria and stop poor girls being used as hawkers and housemaids in every community in Nigeria.

GUTS is not an NGO and will not be an NGO. It is going to use mass communication for mass literacy campaign for the education of all girls everywhere they are in Nigeria. The GUTSY messages will be spread by word of mouth, online and offline, on social network sites, publications in print media, radio, TV, T-Shirts, Face-caps, scarves, bandannas, mugs, etc for the public enlightenment to support GUTS 24/7!
GUTS will also use Hashtag Activism on Twitter.

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Prince Alwaleed Pledges All His Wealth to Philanthropy

Prince Alwaleed Pledges His Wealth to Philanthropy  
$32B, A Groundbreaking Gift Dedicated to Philanthropy

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia, July 1, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- HRH Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Bin Abdulaziz Alsaud, Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Alwaleed Philanthropies, today announced his intention to donate all of his wealth to philanthropy over the coming years to help build a "better world of tolerance, acceptance, equality and opportunity for all." This $32 billion philanthropic pledge will help build bridges to foster cultural understanding, develop communities, empower women, enable youth, provide vital disaster relief and create a more tolerant and accepting world. "It is a commitment without boundaries. A commitment to all humankind," says Prince Alwaleed.

In his announcement, Prince Alwaleed stated:
"Based on my dedication and passion for philanthropic work for the past 35 years, I now pledge to donate my entire wealth to the Alwaleed Philanthropies, which work in the main fields of intercultural understanding, supporting needy communities, through health promotion, eradication of diseases, provision of electric power to remote villages and hamlets, building orphanages and schools, and much more, as well as providing disaster relief and empowering women, youth and poverty alleviation. This donation will be allocated according to a well-devised plan throughout the coming years. It will be based on a strategy that is supervised and managed by a board of trustees headed by me to ensure that it will be used after my death for humanitarian projects and initiatives."

Prince Alwaleed has supported philanthropy for more than 35 years, donating $3.5 billion thus far through the Alwaleed Philanthropies. One of the leading philanthropic foundations in the Arab world, the Alwaleed Philanthropies serves millions of people across the globe. Prince Alwaleed has formed a board of trustees to oversee this gift, which will focus on finding impactful solutions to some of the most pressing humanitarian issues of our time, without regard to gender, race or religious affiliation.

"Philanthropy is a personal responsibility, which I embarked upon more than three decades ago and is an intrinsic part of my Islamic faith. With this pledge, I am honoring my life-long commitment to what matters most – helping to build a more peaceful, equitable and sustainable world for generations to come," says Prince Alwaleed.

Through this historic gift, the Alwaleed Philanthropies, which have supported thousands of projects in more than 92 countries worldwide, will continue to partner with a range of philanthropic, government and educational organizations to support impactful programs. The Alwaleed Philanthropies believe that the answers to many of today's most pressing global issues lie in the hands of youth. They are the leaders of tomorrow.

The Alwaleed Philanthropies have partnered with a wide range of global institutions including The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, The Carter Center, and the Weill Cornell Medical College to strengthen health care and control epidemics. On this occasion, Mr. Bill Gates, Co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, commented: "Prince Alwaleed's generous commitment promises to significantly extend the great work that his foundation is already doing. His gift is an inspiration to all of us working in philanthropy around the world."

In Saudi Arabia, they have worked on promoting more sustainable communities, through the Housing Initiative, which allows hundreds of thousands of eligible Saudi citizens to receive housing units, or through the Lighting Up Villages in Saudi Arabia Initiative.

Alwaleed Philanthropies also works in the area of women and youth empowerment, by supporting women in the local government field, for example, by providing courses for women to run for Municipal Council elections. Moreover, through the Turquoise Mountain organization, Alwaleed Philanthropies had helped Afghani women by advocating literacy.

As disaster relief providers, Alwaleed Philanthropies has extended a helping hand by its partners in many countries that have suffered from earthquakes and floods, like in Egypt, Jeddah, Nepal and Turkey, in addition to supporting those who had been affected by the Tsunami.

Building bridges between cultures and civilizations is one of the Alwaleed Philanthropies main areas of focus, its work supports six existing centers in the most prominent international universities (Georgetown, Harvard, Edinburgh, Cambridge and the American University of Beirut and the American University in Cairo) in addition to the Islamic Hall at the Louvre in Paris.

Prince Alwaleed's passion for humanitarian work, sustainability and change plays a vital role in the creation, mission and vision of the Alwaleed Philanthropies. The wide spectrum of global philanthropic projects undertaken by the Alwaleed Philanthropies are distinguished by their dedication to "building bridges for a better world" - without boundaries - and, regardless of gender, race, or religion.

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For more information contact: Intisar Al Yamani  111-211-11-966 @Alwaleed_Talal 
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The Victory of Muhammadu Buhari and the Nigerian Dream: My Testimony on the 2015 Presidential Election is an important chronicle of the 2015 presidential election in Nigeria and the principal actors in the emergence of the first Nigerian presidential candidate to defeat an incumbent President in the political history of Nigeria.
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Tuesday, June 30, 2015

HE NAMED ME MALALA in Theaters this October

Take a first look at HE NAMED ME MALALA, a documentary about Nobel Peace Prize winner Malala Yousafzai's life, story and personal journey as an education activist.

Pledge to see the film only in theaters this October at

Directed by acclaimed documentary filmmaker Davis Guggenheim (An Inconvenient Truth, Waiting for "Superman"), the film shows us how Malala, her father Zia and her family are committed to fighting for education worldwide.

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MainOne is the #1 Internet Transit Provider in West Africa

L-R: Head of Marketing; Jumoke Akande; Chief Financial Officer, Babatunde Dada; Chief Executive Officer, Funke Opeke and General Manager, Corporate Services and Development, Lynda Madu, all of MainOne, at the company’s #MainOneAt5 Anniversary Press Conference in Lagos… today.


MainOne celebrates 5 years of transforming West Africa’s internet landscape
In five years, MainOne has invested over $300m in infrastructure in West Africa

LAGOS, Nigeria, June 30, 2015/ -- MainOne (, a leading telecommunications and data services company in West Africa, today celebrated five years of leadership in transforming the region’s Internet landscape. Speaking at a Press Conference organized to intimate the media on the company’s five year milestone, the Chief Executive Officer, Ms. Funke Opeke, discussed the evolution of the company, initially started as a submarine cable operator to becoming a full-service business-to-business communications services provider. Ms. Opeke noted that within its five years of operation, the company had made further investments in growing directly and through partnerships its fiber terrestrial network and POPs across the region and opened a Tier III Data Center, MDX-I, which was first of its kind for the region in Lagos earlier this year.

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She explained that since inception, MainOne’s objective has been to bridge the digital divide in West Africa and to become the preferred provider of wholesale Internet services and enabler of online business within the region. According to her, it has achieved this with services delivered to 7 countries in West Africa, and an impressive list of 500+ major telecom operators, ISPs, government agencies, large enterprises, and educational institutions in the region on its network. Today, MainOne has the region’s highest lit capacity on its submarine cable, and is the #1 Internet transit provider in West Africa, interconnected with the London Internet Exchange (LINX), Amsterdam Internet Exchange (AMIX), Nigerian Internet Exchange (IXPN) and the Ghanaian Internet Exchange (GIX). These achievements have opened up new business opportunities for indigenous enterprises, and positively impacted employment generation.

In her words, “Despite the challenges we face in this region, predominantly a dearth and high cost of infrastructure, we are excited about the future prospects in the broadband market and are determined to remain consistent in our resolve to bridging the digital divide between Africa and the rest of the world".

In five years, MainOne has invested over $300m in infrastructure in West Africa towards improving connectivity and data center services in West Africa. Within this period, the company has ensured to its customers highly available and reliable services with zero downtime experienced on its core submarine cable infrastructure over its period of operations.

Distributed by APO (African Press Organization) on behalf of MainOne.

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<b>Notes to Editors</b>
<b>About MainOne</b>

MainOne is ( a leading provider of innovative telecom services and network solutions for businesses in West Africa. Our world-class infrastructure enhances the productivity and profitability of our customers online.

Since its launch in 2010, MainOne has developed a reputation for highly reliable services to become the preferred provider of wholesale Internet services to major telecom operators, ISPs, government agencies, large enterprise, and educational institutions in West Africa.

MainOne’s world class submarine cable system running down the coast of West Africa, state of the art IP NGN network, growing regional and metro terrestrial fiber optic networks, and data center facilities enable broadband services for businesses needing solutions in West Africa.

Our network is interconnected and peers with leading operators and internet exchanges worldwide to provide global reach to our customers.

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