MainOne partners with Facebook on fibre infrastructure project amid impending Nigeria general election results



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West African data centre provider MainOne has announced a metro fibre infrastructure development in two states of Nigeria, with support from Facebook, in the mist of the country’s impending results of its 2019 general election.

The infrastructure collaboration is part of Facebook’s efforts to connect more people to broadband internet, and MainOne will be building and operating approximately 750 km terrestrial fibre infrastructure in Edo and Ogun States, two of Nigeria’s fastest growing states, with a combined population of over 6.9 million.

These open-access transport networks will provide metro fibre 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.

Ibrahima Ba, Network Investments Lead for Emerging Markets at Facebook, said: “We are working closely with MainOne and other partners to accelerate broadband deployment.

“In Nigeria, we are bringing together Facebook’s learnings from scaling our global infrastructure with MainOne’s knowledge of the local environment to develop and test new working models for multiple operators to access common infrastructure.”


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Funke Opeke, MainOne’s Chief Executive Officer, lauded the collaboration and the commitment of Facebook and authorities in Nigeria to improving broadband penetration across the country.

“MainOne has always been committed to broadband innovation, job creation, as well as growing the digital economy of West Africa,” she said.

“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.”

Last year the data centre services firm confirmed its plans to expand its data centre business into new territories across West Africa, with a target to build new facilities in three new locations.

It included Sagamu, Nigeria, Accra, Ghana and Abidjan, Cote D’Ivoire, which were in addition to an ongoing expansion at MainOne’s Lekki Data Centre in Lagos, Nigeria.

Currently, Nigerian citizens are waiting to hear the results of the elections as the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) Nigeria has been calling out the state-by-state results since Monday, 25.

The country’s current President Muhammadu Buhari has taken an early lead as votes are being counted, with the final results predicted to be released by the end of the week.