Funke OpekeCEO & Founder, MainOne
Ms. Funke Opeke is the founder and CEO of MainOne. MainOne is a broadband infrastructure services provider that built West Africa’s first privately owned, open-access submarine cable system interconnecting Lagos, Nigeria; Accra, Ghana; and Seixal, Portugal in 2010. Ms Opeke is an experienced telecommunications executive who returned to Nigeria in 2005 as the Chief Technical Officer of MTN after a twenty-year career in the United States. Prior to her return, she was the Executive Director of Verizon Communications Wholesale Division. Subsequent to MTN, Ms Opeke advised Transcorp on the acquisition of NITEL and briefly served as the interim Chief Operating Officer, post-acquisition of NITEL. She obtained a first degree in Electrical Engineering from Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife Nigeria and a Master’s degree in Electrical Engineering from Columbia University, New York.
MainOne is a leading provider of innovative telecom services and network solutions for businesses in West Africa. 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 enterprises, and educational institutions in West Africa. In January 2015, the company launched operations of MDXi - West Africa’s largest commercial Tier III data center. In Nov 2015, it launched a submarine cable extension from Lagos into Kribi, Cameroon. MainOne has grown to become the leading provider of Wholesale and Enterprise connectivity and data centre services across the West African region. The company partners with major global technology companies to deliver services to its customers and continues to grow its footprint with major network interconnection facilities, extensive terrestrial fibre build-out, regional Points of presence, and delivery of services into 10 countries in West Africa.