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More Africa NewsNigeria: government approves fiber optic deployment in 19 northern states

July 24, 2020by myles0
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In Nigeria, phase 2 of the National Information and Communication Technology Infrastructure (NICTIB II) backbone project is approved by the government. It will focus on the extension of the fiber optic network across the 19 northern states. $ 328 million will be invested there.

The Government of the Federal Republic of Nigeria has approved Phase 2 of the National Information and Communication Technology Infrastructure Backbone (NICTIB II) project. It concerns the extension of optical fiber in the 19 states of northern Nigeria. The transaction will be carried out through a $ 328 million credit facility provided by Exim Bank of China to Galaxy Backbone Ltd (GBB), the public provider of information technology and shared services.

The information, it was revealed last weekend by Mohammed Abubakar, the managing director of Galaxy Backbone Ltd. He said: “When we bring the network, we will try to distribute it to all the cities so that wherever you are you can use fiber. We were able to pull the fiber cables from Lagos to parts of the south-south (Port-Harcourt and Calabar), the south-east (Enugu) and the center-north (Markurdi, Nassarawa and Abuja) ”.

“NICTIB II focuses on the hinterland which is located in the north of the country. We will deploy this particular infrastructure which will move from Abuja to Plateau, Gombe, Bauchi, Maiduguri, Kano and the northwest. This will cover most of the northern states, with the exception of what we call the urban fiber optic network in major cities, ” he added.

The Chinese company Huawei Technologies Ltd will deploy the optical fiber. A memorandum of understanding was signed to this effect with Galaxy Backbone Ltd on September 3, 2018 in Beijing, China, on the first day of the Beijing Summit of the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC).

Source: Agence Ecofin

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