Nigeria: Bitflux Rolls Out 'Controlled Service' in Lagos

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Eighteen months after winning the 2.3GHz spectrum licence, Bitflux Communications Limited, has finally rolled out 'controlled service' in some parts of Lagos. One of the firm's directors, Biodun Omoniyi disclosed this in an exclusive interview with Daily Trust.

Mr Omoniyi said the Bitflux network is ready in "a controlled area in Lagos and our service is on in some parts of Lagos". Bitflux got the 2.3GHz spectrum licence after defeating Globacom in a keenly contested bid process in February 2014.

It promised to roll out services in Lagos, Abuja and Port-Harcourt before the end of 2014 but failed to do so due to what the firm's management called "the harsh economic situation in the country."

Omoniyi told our reporter on phone that full broadband service would be rolled out in Lagos before the end of 2015. Services will also be rolled out in Abuja and Port-Harcourt next year, according to the director.

He said, "We have our network ready in a controlled area in Lagos. It took us this long to roll out because the spectrum 2.3GHz is a very high frequency spectrum which requires very huge funds and sound technology to put in place. Because we did not want a situation where our service will not be up to standard, we took our time to put in place the best network. And this is the global best practice. Reliance Jio of India who won its broadband licence in 2010 only rolled out recently because the spectrum is also high frequency, which requires a thorough set-up process, a lot of economic thinking and all that."
Source: Daily Trust