Improving Internet connectivity in Lagos

MainOne, Facebook and Tizeti have announced a project which will see the three companies working on expanding the provisioning of Internet services in Lagos, Nigeria. According to MainOne, the project will leverage their fiber connectivity while also using Tizeti’s solar-powered towers and Facebook’s Express Wi-Fi.

Internet access is expected to be more accessible across Lagos Mainland including Ajao Estate, Surulere, Ikeja, Omole, Magodo, Gbagada, Oworonshoki, Bariga, Anthony Village, Ogudu, Ojota, Ketu and Alapere.

“This project leverages our Internet capacity, investment in terrestrial fiber-optic infrastructure and points of presence for service delivery across Lagos State. We’re committed to improving the quality of access and accelerating the digital transformation of small businesses,” said Funke Opeke, Chief Executive Officer at MainOne.

Opeke continued by praising Tizeti and Facebook’s commitment to improving the quality of and lowering costs of Internet services in Lagos.

"We are committed to working with partners across Africa and elsewhere to support connectivity initiatives and develop better internet infrastructure in communities that lack reliable and affordable access," said Ibrahima Ba of Facebook Connectivity Programs.

Just earlier in 2017 Tizeti struck a partnership with Facebook to bring their Express Wi-Fi offering to Nigeria utilizing their 20 brand new solar powered Wi-Fi towers. Speaking on the new partnership with MainOne and Facebook, Chief Executive Officer, Tizeti, Kendall Ananyi, said that access to fast and reliable unlimited Wi-Fi connectivity has been a problem for most Nigerian residential customers and small businesses for too long.

Tizeti has built and will operate the solar-powered Wi-Fi Towers across Lagos while MainOne will provide multiple Gbps internet bandwidth to the outdoor towers via a mix of fiber-optic and microwave backhaul connections. This internet service will be delivered to end users via Wi-Fi, including via Express Wi-Fi hotspots deployed by Tizeti in Lagos. This partnership supports the three partners’ shared goal of connecting more people to high quality internet services in the most cost-effective way.

"This partnership aims to demonstrate a sustainable and cost-effective solution to the under-served areas of Lagos State through our solar-powered, always-on Wi-Fi towers, and robust internet bandwidth from MainOne,” concluded Ananyi.

Cover Image Credit: Tizeti solar powered Wi-Fi tower.

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