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MainOne launches N25-billion Digital Lagos campaign

MainOne launches N25-billion Digital Lagos campaign

Connectivity and datacentre solutions provider MainOne said it will invest N25-billion over the next 2-3 years as part of its Digital Lagos: Broadband for All campaign launched this week.

According to the company, the objective behind the campaign is "to enable the digital transformation of Lagos state through deployment of ubiquitous broadband infrastructure across the state."

Funke Opeke, chief executive officer of MainOne, said the company is keen to collaborate with the Lagos State Government and all other relevant stakeholders "to build Digital Lagos".

"MainOne is pleased to have the opportunity to present its plan for Digital Lagos, a proven path to ubiquitous broadband connectivity. This plan will involve the investment by MainOne of over N25 billion over the next 2-3 years to develop critical fibre optic infrastructure to enable broadband services across Lagos state," said Opeke.

Opeke said MainOne said to date the company has invested over N120-billion funded by leading African banks.

She added that the company has expanded and densified localised fibre networks in neighbouring Ogun and Edo States by deploying almost 1,000kms of fibre in partnership with Facebook.

Part of a statement issued by the company reads: "These open-access transport networks will provide metro fiber connectivity to reach more than 1,000,000 people in Benin City, Abeokuta, Sagamu and 10 other towns by connecting mobile operators' base stations, Internet Service providers, Points of presence (POPs), and public locations including schools and hospitals."

Opeke said, as the licenced InfraCo for Lagos zone, the resulting network to be built by MainOne would provide essential connectivity to critical state institutions (and) cover over 300 government agencies, up to 10,000 State CCTV locations, telecom operators and ISPs, public Wi-Fi hotspots, Smart City components / IOT devices, in addition to enterprises.

In Lagos, MainOne's existing 700-kilometer network covers major population centres and Yaba, where it provides connectivity for the majority of the Yabacon ecosystem.

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