VDT TO INVEST N1BN IN BROADBAND PROVISIONNING IN NIGERIA

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Biodun Omoniyi, the Managing Director of VDT communications has disclosed that VDT is investing about one billion naira in Lagos targeted at restructuring its operations in order to deliver mass Broadband services.

Omoniyi who disclosed this in a chat with newsmen in Lagos stated that" VDT in 2007 is set to invest massively into the distribution and access level of the network by establishing more base stations points in existing major cities in readiness for mass broadband access service to generality of the Nigeria populace". He added that Studies have shown that there is a strong relationship between national poverty reduction and access to communication infrastructure including broadband.   Omoniyi who also disclosed that VDT, a the leading corporate data communications service provider on terrestrial media like Fiber Optic, Copper and wireless channels will expand its services into at least 20 cities before the end of 2007.He stressed that VDT was set on massively investing in the provision of Broadband services to the generality of the Nigerian masses as opposed to its earlier rendering of last mile services. He reiterated that the focus of VDT was shifting from being a last mile service provider to a broadband service provider . He added that in other to achieve this goal, the firm is currently in the process of revamping its access technology through which its been providing access to corporate bodies. VDT , he stressed is set to push its investment by addressing more base stations and showing more presence where people live so that individuals can access services in an inexpensive manner. He stated that when VDT was a niche player, it effectively provided last mile services but now that its shifting to the provision of broadband services through the last mile infrastructure it has, it will deploy an apprioprate pricing policy.

Omoniyi who disclosed that VDT is now in its 6th year of existence, having seen immense opportunity in the broad band sale to SMB, homes and individuals, stated that "we are positioning our operation to take advantage of our national coverage through Metronent. Metronet is our initiative to delivering state wide broadband services".He said. VDT according to him is uniquely positioned by having offices and operations in 14 locations, Lagos, Ibadan, Benin, Warri, Onitsha, Nnewi, Enugu, Aba, P/H, Abuja, Kaduna, Kano, Jos and Lafia to serving the whole of Nigeria through its commitment to the enlistment of the nations broadband space. According to him, the firm "has a greater goal in ensuring that most cities feel the impact of its services through the launch of its broadband initiative. It's commenced the laying of fibre optic cables to take broadband capacity to its base stations at some of the cities in other to grant access to majority of the populace. " the basic paradigm shift is that VDT wants to start providing the same services it provides to corporate organizations to homes". He asserted.

Omoniyi who lamented the dearth of communication infrastructure in the country, called for more local and foreign investments in the sector to grow the communications infrastructure in the country. He disclosed a three year plan that will be deployed by VDT to provide broadband services in the country.

"These are all linked integrated together on national Fiber Optic Backbone provided by the three big three carriers, Nitel, Globalcom and MTN. it currently serves our corporate customers including all the banks in Nigeria and major multinational like Nestle, DHL, and Multichoice etc. it serves as a major data network and the numbers of these institutions use our services to carry their intra-office voice and video requirements.

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