Nigeria: FG To Spend $179 Million On Broadband Infrastructure

The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has revealed that a total of $179 million will be spent on the laying of 127,000km of fibre optic throughout Nigeria in the next four years.

Prof Umar Garba Danbatta, Executive Vice Chairman of NCC, disclosed this when he paid a visit to Abuja’s Galaxy Backbone Data Centre earlier this week.
He did, however, add that the counterpart fund was subject to government approval.

Prof Danbatta said that the only way that Nigeria could make broadband available to all citizens is to lay fibre optic cable throughout the country.

Meanwhile, on Monday, the Minister of Communications Dr Isa Ali Ibrahim Pantami discussed some significant industry issues with the Nigerian Communications (NCC) and the leading telecom companies in the country.

Prof Umar Danbatta led members of the Association of Licensed Telecom Operators of Nigeria (ALTON) to the Minister to look into the problem of denial or expensive cost of Right of Way (RoW) by state governments, poor access to electricity to run telecoms operations, vandalism of infrastructure and multiple regulations and taxations and regulations and the urgent need for a national digital policy. 


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