Microsoft, Tizeti to deliver high-speed internet in Nigeria
Tizeti, a West African solar-based internet service provider, has partnered with Microsoft to deploy high-speed Airband internet infrastructure in Oyo State, Nigeria.
Through the Microsoft Airband Initiative, Tizeti will use Microsoft's low-cost wireless technologies to deliver simplifed and cost-effective internet connectivity, especially those in underserved communities.
The news forms part of both company's goal to empower more Nigerians, stimulate the economy, and widening the broadband envelope in Africa.According to both parties, the country has approximately 40% broadband penetration as of December 2021.
“Communities need reliable, affordable internet access in our increasingly digital world,” said Vickie Robinson, general manager of Microsoft Airband.
“That’s why Microsoft is working with providers like Tizeti to connect the unconnected, expand opportunity, and close the global digital divide.”
The news follows Tizeti's recently launched fixed wireless network in Oyo State, meeting the need for increased broadband infrastructure and market competition.
According to Kendall Ananyi, chief executive officer of Tizeti, the Microsoft Airband collaboration will complement Tizeti’s existing initiative in Oyo State and lay the foundations for a future digital ecosystem in Oyo State.
“We are happy to work with Microsoft on the Airband Initiative as it extends our mission of bringing affordable and reliable internet to more Nigerians outside the digital envelope,” said Ananyi.
Microsoft’s Airband Initiative is aims to advance digital equity—access to affordable internet, affordable devices, and digital skills— as well as global digital transformation.
In related news, earlier this month Microsoft inked a five-year deal with Rogers to help small and medium business customers accelerate digitization through Microsoft Azure.