Nigeria: Main One, Phase3 Telecom partner for broadband delivery
Two leading Nigerian telecommunications infrastructure companies, Main One Cable Company and Phase3 Telecom, have formed a business pact to increase broadband Internet penetration in Nigeria and the West African sub-region.
Main One owns and operates West Africa’s first privately-owned undersea communication cable that runs from Europe to Africa with landing points along the West African coast including Nigeria and Ghana, while Phase3 Telecom is a national long distance operator and West Africa’s first privately owned aerial fibre optic cable deployed on high-voltage electricity power lines.
Under the partnership, the firms will be offering Nigerians high capacity broadband Internet services at very affordable costs using Phase3 Telecom’s extensive aerial fibre network and Main One’s huge bandwidth deployed through its undersea cable. The partnership, which will offer joint provisioning of services, requires the integration of their networks and collaboration in provisioning and service delivery; it is expected to increase broadband Internet penetration across Nigeria as customers will be able to obtain quality services at affordable prices.
The Chief Executive Officer of Phase3 Telecom, Stanley Jegede, stated that the pact with Main One will provide the needed solution to truly and practically drive broadband availability in Nigeria. He added that many government development programmes can now be on the path of realization as improved access would be available throughout the country.
He said, “When two smart companies work together, they create smarter results. Today, the impact of Information and Communications Technologies on globalization has increased dramatically, and impacted positively on the developmental process in Africa. We believe that a robust and reliable open access network will constitute a platform for efficient eGovernment, eVoting, eCommerce, ePayment, eBanking, eLearning and media applications, thereby increasing sustainable human, political, economic and social development.
“That is why the Nigerian government emphasizes the importance of multi-stakeholders’ partnerships for broadband development in the country and, thereby, achieving universal access. Phase3 Telecom’s partnership will contribute to broadband capacity building in West Africa.”
The Chief Executive Officer of Main One Cable Company, Ms. Funke Opeke, said the determination of Main One to make its broadband Internet services ubiquitous and available to many more Nigerians, was the basis for the agreement between the two companies. She assured Nigerians that together with Phase3 Telecom, the fibre infrastructure of both companies will broaden the reach of broadband Internet connectivity.
She said, “It is necessary at this point for excellent broadband Internet services to be available to all businesses that require the capacity that Main One brings to Nigeria. This is the reason we have sought to distribute more of our capacity inland, especially across business areas in Lagos and beyond where demand for broadband is the driving force of successful businesses and economic growth and transformation.”