MainOne, Facebook partner in Nigerian metro fibre projects
MainOne has announced it will build and operate a metro fibre infrastructure project in two states of Nigeria, with support from Facebook.
The infrastructure collaboration is part of Facebook’s efforts to connect more people to broadband internet. As part of this project, MainOne is building and operating approximately 750km of terrestrial fibre infrastructure in the Edo and Ogun states.
Funke Opeke, CEO of MainOne (pictured), lauded the collaboration and the commitment of Facebook and authorities in Nigeria to improve broadband penetration across the country.
“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,” Opeke said.
These open-access transport networks will provide metro fibre connectivity to reach more than one million people in Benin City, Abeokuta, Sagamu and 10 other towns by connecting mobile operators' base stations, internet service providers (ISPs), points of presence (PoPs), and public locations including schools and hospitals.
This partnership will leverage MainOne’s strength as a wholesale telecoms infrastructure service provider with investment from Facebook and support from local regulatory and state authorities to further deepen broadband penetration in Nigeria.
Speaking on the partnership, Ibrahima Ba, network investments lead for emerging markets at Facebook, added: “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.”