MainOne, one of Nigeria's and West Africa's leading connectivity and data centre solutions providers, has announced the commencement of its “Digital Lagos: Broadband for All” campaign. The campaign will see the company also start with rolling out broadband infrastructure across Lagos state.
According to the telecommunications company, this will enable digital transformation of Lagos state.
“MainOne is pleased to have the opportunity to present its plan for Digital Lagos, a proven path to ubiquitous broadband connectivity. This plan will involve the investment by MainOne of over N25 billion over the next 2-3 years to develop critical fiber optic infrastructure to enable broadband services across Lagos state,” said Funke Opeke, Chief Executive Officer at MainOne.
Opeke added that MainOne is keen to collaborate with the Lagos State Government and all other relevant stakeholders to build a digital Lagos and help citizens from all walks of life realize the benefits of broad, sustainable economic growth, modernized education, health, and other services delivery, and improved quality of life.
MainOne’s Digital Lagos Plan will include the deployment of world-class, open-access fiber optic networks through all LGAs and business districts in the State, including the fast-growing population centers of Amuwo Odofin, Ikorodu and Epe.
The resulting network is hoped that it will provide connectivity to critical Lagos state institutions and can easily be extended to other locations:
- 94% of 1,259 known Health Centers
- 97% of 3,046 known Schools and Universities
- Over 300 Government Agencies and Commissions
- Up to 10,000 state CCTV locations
- Unlimited public Wi-Fi hotspots and Smart City components
Opeke said MainOne has pioneered investments in critical internet-enabling infrastructure across West Africa, Nigeria, and Lagos. To date, the company has invested over N120 billion funded by leading African banks and has proven its capabilities in expanding and densifying localized fiber networks in neighboring Ogun and Edo States by deploying almost 1,000 kms of fiber in partnership with Facebook to expand broadband access and connect government institutions and other areas of interest.
In Lagos, MainOne’s existing 700-kilometer network already covers major population centers and Yaba, where it provides connectivity for the majority of the Yabacon ecosystem and has connected startups like Andela, ccHub, Paga, and Flutterwave and others that have raised up to $500 million Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) in Nigeria.
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