VIPNET has recently signed with VITIB, in partnership with MAINONE as International IP Transit Provider and using NEC Corporation’s ICT solutions, a contract relating to the supply of telecommunications and other ICT related services in the special economic zone of Grand-Bassam (Côte d’Ivoire). The VIPNET group was selected through public tender, conducted by VITIB SA, following strict, fair and transparent procedures as per the company's policy. As such, VIPNET is since March 21, 2020, the exclusive Telecom Operator of the Information Technology and Biotechnology Village (VITIB).
Members of this new partnership are well known:
- VIPNET is a telecommunications operator whose main activity is the provision of Internet access and connectivity services along with technology solutions integration through a national broadband network coverage. Thanks to its dynamism, the reactivity of its technical teams and the proximity with its customers, VIPNET has over the years, positioned itself as one of the major providers of Internet access and interconnection in Ivory Coast and first Alternative Operator in Côte Ivoire.
- NEC Corporation has established itself as a leader in the integration of IT and network technologies while promoting the brand statement of “Orchestrating a brighter world.” NEC enables businesses and communities to adapt to rapid changes taking place in both society and the market as it provides for the social values of safety, security, fairness and efficiency to promote a more sustainable world where everyone has the chance to reach their full potential. NEC will bring to the partnership, an undeniable reputation based on decades of technological innovations, and a privileged access to advanced technologies which will be deployed both at VITIB and in the West African sub-region.
- MainOne is a broadband services and infrastructure company providing innovative connectivity and network solutions across West Africa. Its submarine cable is the first private subsea cable to deliver open-access, broadband capacity to West Africa in 2010, heralding the explosion in internet access across the region. The company has earned a reputation as the preferred provider of connectivity services to major telecom operators, ISPs, government agencies, large enterprise, and educational institutions in the region. MainOne also owns and operate a data center subsidiary, MDXi which has built and operates Tier III data centers across West Africa. MainOne’s submarine cable system traverses the coast of West Africa with interconnection to leading regional operators and internet exchanges worldwide to provide global reach to its customers.
This new partnership will enable VITIB to strengthen its position as a technological hub of excellence within the West African sub-region, with a much higher bandwidth, and access to a varied range of ICT products and services.
It was through a pleasant workshop session that VIPNET signed the new agreement. Participants included:
- Mr. Philippe PANGO, Managing Director of VITIB SA (Côte d´Ivoire)
- Mr. Ahmed CHERIF, Chairman and CEO of VIPNET (Côte d´Ivoire)
- Mr Takesh Hata, Senior Manager at NEC Corporation (Japan)
- Mr. Etienne KOUADIO, General Manager, MainOne Francophone Africa
The Director General of VITIB, Mr. Philippe PANGO expressed his enthusiasm stating: “Our satisfaction is twofold: one, given the quality of our new partners, this partnership undoubtedly demonstrates the confidence that our technology park inspires today; and two, this partnership bodes well for a turning point in the supply of high-tech products and services within VITIB, a technological hub par excellence, which reaffirms its desire to welcome all these large international groups, and even local companies in the ICT and Biotechnology sectors, for the harmonious development of the Mahatma GANDHI Technological Park of Grand-Bassam ”.
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