Facebook is partnering MainOne to bring broadband internet to Ogun and Edo States in Nigeria

by | Feb 26, 2019

Facebook is partnering MainOne in a “metro fibre infrastructure project” in Edo and Ogun States in Nigeria.

This partnership will see MainOne build and operate approximately 750 km (466 miles) of terrestrial fibre infrastructure across the two states.

During the 2018 Nigerian edition of the Techpoint Tours, Techpoint reported that the Ogun State government and MainOne were jointly bringing fibre-optic Internet infrastructure to the state. Apparently, Facebook was involved in this effort at the time.


Suggested Read; Ogun State government and MainOne are bringing 250km of fibre-optic Internet infrastructure to the state

Advertisement


According to reports, the 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.”

Ibrahima Ba, Network Investments Lead for Emerging Markets at Facebook, said Facebook is working with MainOne and other partners to accelerate broadband deployment in Nigeria.

He said Facebook’s global knowledge will be paired with MainOne’s “knowledge of the local environment to develop and test new working models for multiple operators to access common infrastructure.”

Speaking on the partnership, MainOne’s CEO, Funke Opeke said;

“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.”

Vice President of Connectivity at Facebook, Dan Rabinovitsj, who earlier announced the partnership at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, said the project is expected to be completed later in the year.

When completed, the project will connect “more than 1,000,000 people in Benin City, Abeokuta, Sagamu and 10 other towns” across the two states to broadband internet by “connecting mobile operators’ base stations.”

Victor Ekwealor
Victor Ekwealor

tech. media. startups. africa. vc | Twitter: @victor_ekwealor

Advertisement


Are you in tech and you are looking at getting a foreign remote job or you want to move abroad? Fill this form and you will get the BEST resources to help you get that high paying remote job as well as japa easily! WAGMI!

Subscribe
Notify of
guest
0 Comments
Inline Feedbacks
View all comments

Recent News

Reclaiming stolen African artefacts

Reclaiming stolen African artefacts

On #TechpointDigest, Victoria Fakiya (@latoria_ria) discusses how Traction wants to stop fake alerts, Canza Finance’s journey, Esaal’s $1.7m seed round, and JABU’s $15m series A.

[PODCAST] Relooting African art with NFTs

[PODCAST] Relooting African art with NFTs

What do you think about an NFT project that wants to reclaim Africa’s lost artefacts? Well, the editorial team had some interesting thoughts, and you can listen to this and other stories on today’s episode of #TechpointAfricaPodcast.

$2 million to drive learning via WhatsApp 

$2 million to drive learning via WhatsApp 

On #TechpointDigest, we discuss how major players in the African mobility space can change the mobility narrative, FoondaMate’s $2 million funding, Twitter Create, and AMP’s $5.6 million seed round.

[PODCAST] Taxing calls to give you healthcare

[PODCAST] Taxing calls to give you healthcare

The Nigerian government wants to tax phone calls to provide better healthcare. In today’s edition of the #TechpointAfricaPodcast, we discuss possible implications and upsides to this.

Subscribe to Techpoint Digest!

A daily 5-minute roundup of happenings in African and global tech, sent directly to your email inbox, between 5 a.m. and 7 a.m (WAT) every week day!

Please check your email to confirm your subscription.

Subscribe to Blockchain Explorer

Analysis oninnovation, regulations, and trends inthe blockchain sector, as it concerns Africa

Please check your email to confirm your subscription.

Subscribe to The Experts

A bi-weekly where tech career specialists take us on their journey from newbie to expert, and how they became successful in the industry.

Please check your email to confirm your subscription.

Subscribe to Founder's Table

A monthly series, where we catch up with founders in the startup ecosystem, learn about their failures, successes and a few tricks of the trade

Please check your email to confirm your subscription.

Copy link
Powered by Social Snap