Phase3 Telecom signs deals to expand its network to Togo and Benin
Phase3 Telecom has entered into a pact with French INEO Energie Du Export for the expansion of communications network coverage from Benin Republic to Togo.
According to Chief Executive Officer, Phase3 Telecom, Mr. Stanley Jegede this development is a fulfilment of his company's expansion plan for the sub-region through its West Africa One transmission network to cover all countries in the zone.
Jegede explained that West Africa One network is an aerial optic fibre transmission system, which tends to run from Nigeria to different countries in West Africa providing physical telecommunications infrastructure link across countries.
He also said that the network has been heavily supported by the West Africa Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (WATRA), described it as a massive boost towards its programme of providing affordable and reliable telecommunications link in the West Africa sub-region.
Jegede said the decision to award the contract to INEO Energie Du Export was based on the track record of the firm in the area of optic fibre installation.
"INEO Energie is the global leader when it comes to installation of power line infrastructure. We went through a very tedious process before We eventually settling for them. We are quite happy to have chosen them to help fulfil our efforts of providing the West Africa region with a robust telecommunications infrastructure that is second to none," he said.
Jegede emphasised that the firm would continue to provide very high quality optic fibre connection running on electricity power transmission lines and will offer subscribers the latest technologies in the industry.
"We have already showed the benefits of aerial optic fibre in Nigeria and its effectiveness in helping to ensure high quality communications services to customers. This is the sort of experience that we want to take across all of West Africa," he said.
Jegede, whose firm runs the region's only aerial optic fiber network, added that given that Nigeria and indeed the West African region was still a developing, road construction and building of other infrastructure would be very frequent, leading to underground cables often being cut.
As said by him, this situation highlights the need for a network that would not easily be affected by such developments, stressing that this is where the Phase3 aerial optic fiber network comes in especially as electricity power transmission networks often have dedicated routes by law.
Jegede further said that with this would afford many operators to embrace aerial optic fiber use, as it provides a huge relief for them whenever the underground optic fibers fail.
"In Nigeria today all the operators including those that have their own transmission networks have embraced Phase3's aerial optic services especially after they have seen the advantages that it offers them. We believe that even for those that may already have excess capacity, aerial optic fibre provides a very reliable backup and alternative," he said.
Emphasising that this is in addition to the fact that there are certain areas of coverage of the Phase3 aerial optic fibre system which other terrestrial network are not designed to reach currently due to the countries road and highway network.