MainOne set to commit $70m to the digitisation of Lagos
West African data centre solutions provider MainOne announces the launch of its “Digital Lagos: Broadband for All” campaign initiative.
The company revealed that the initiative is to enable the digital transformation of Lagos state through deployment of ubiquitous broadband infrastructure across the state.
The company’s plans for Lagos is inspired by the vision of Lagos Governor-elect Babajide Sanwo-Olu, who noted presciently that ‘Technology will improve the rule of law, education, ease of doing business and government processes of Lagos’.
Funke Opeke, Chief Executive Officer, MainOne, said that the company is keen to collaborate with the Lagos State Government and all other relevant stakeholders to build Digital Lagos and help citizens from all walks of life realise the benefits of broad, sustainable economic growth, modernised education, health, and other services delivery, and improved quality of life.
“MainOne is pleased to have the opportunity to present its plan for Digital Lagos, a proven path to ubiquitous broadband connectivity,” said Opeke.
“This plan will involve the investment by MainOne of over $70m (N25bn) over the next 2 to 3 years to develop critical fibre optic infrastructure to enable broadband services across Lagos state.”
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A presentation was made by Judah Levine, CEO HIP Consult, a Washington DC based, independent, management consulting firm, with specialisation in ICT in emerging markets.
HIP Consult worked with MainOne in developing a concept paper and implementation plan for Digital Lagos.
Levine touched on the research done for Digital Lagos, its implementation plans and subsequent impact in Lagos State.
Opeke added that MainOne has pioneered investments in critical internet-enabling infrastructure across West Africa, Nigeria, and Lagos.
To date, the company has invested over $332m (N120bn) funded by African banks and has proven its capabilities in expanding and densifying localised fibre networks in neighbouring Ogun and Edo States by deploying almost 1,000kms of fibre in partnership with Facebook to expand broadband access and connect government institutions.
“As the licenced InfraCo for Lagos zone, the resulting network to be built by MainOne would provide essential connectivity to critical State institutions, 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,” added Opeke.