All the 774 local government areas in Nigeria will be provided fibre connectivity in order to increase broadband penetration in the country, President Muhammadu Buhari has said.
TheNewsGuru (TNG) reports President Buhari made this known in his 2019 budget speech at a joint session of the National Assembly on Wednesday, confirming the position of the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) on the matter.
He said that in 4 years all the 774 LGAs in the country would have been provided with fibre connectivity.
“Nigeria cannot afford to be left behind in the digital age. To create jobs for our young people, we will build a digital economy around the technology and creative sectors.
“In partnership with the states and the private sector, we are working on a project to increase broadband penetration across all geopolitical zones of the country, such that over the next four years, all the 774 LGAs will be provided with fibre connectivity,” he said.
The NCC had issued license to seven infrastructure companies to deploy the needed infrastructure to facilitate the required penetration in the 774 LGAs in the country.
The InfraCos licenced by the NCC are Raenna Big Ltd for South South, O’odua Infraco Resources Ltd for South West (excluding Lagos), Fleek Networks Ltd for North West, Brinks Integrated Solutions for North East, Main One Ltd for Lagos zone and Zinox Technologies Ltd for Southeast.