In a bid to deepen broadband penetration in Nigeria and accelerate digital transformation, two states in Nigeria will be the recipient of a metro fibre infrastructure project.
Through the metro fibre infrastructure project, MainOne, a cable company and Facebook, a social networking service company will partner to connect more people to broadband internet in Edo State and Ogun State.
Edo and Ogun states are considered to be Nigeria’s fastest growing states and will be home to approximately 750 km terrestrial fibre infrastructure MainOne is building.
The collaboration between the cable company and the social media firm will birth open-access transport networks which will provide metro fibre connectivity to reach more than 1,000,000 people in Benin City, Abeokuta, Sagamu and 10 other towns. These will be carried out by the connection of mobile operators’ base stations, Internet Service providers, Points of presence (POPs), and public locations including schools and hospitals.
The partnership will deepen the penetration of broadband internet in Nigeria, and the experience of both companies in their various markets will ease the process.
With investment from Facebook and support from local regulatory and state authorities, the partnership will leverage MainOne’s strength as a wholesale telecoms infrastructure service provider.
Ibrahima Ba, the network investments lead for emerging markets at Facebook, said “we are working closely with MainOne and other partners to accelerate broadband deployment. In Nigeria, we are bringing together Facebook’s learnings from scaling our global infrastructure with MainOne’s knowledge of the local environment to develop and test new working models for multiple operators to access common infrastructure”.
The effort of the authorities in Nigeria and Facebook in ensuring the expansion of internet broadband was lauded by the Chief Executive Officer of MainOne, Funke Opeke.
Opeke affirmed the commitment of MainOne in creating job opportunities and contributing to the growth of West Africa through digital economy.
She said “MainOne has always been committed to broadband innovation, job creation, as well as growing the digital economy of West Africa. We believe that this partnership and the open-access network we have developed will be beneficial to improving the quality of access and accelerating the digital transformation in Ogun and Edo states”.