IHS Nigeria, part of the IHS Holding Limited group, one of the largest independent owners, operators, and developers of shared communications infrastructure in the world by tower count, has said it has completed the rollout of more than 10,000 kilometers of fiber optic cables across Nigeria’s 36 states and the federal capital territory through its subsidiary, Global Independent Connect Limited (GICL).
The company said the milestone would support the federal government’s National Broadband Plan targeting 70 per cent broadband penetration in Nigeria by 2025.
More broadly, IHS Nigeria continues to deploy Fiber-to-the-Tower (FTTT) to provide increased transmission capacity to help improve the performance of fiber access networks and introduction of next-generation technologies, such as 5G services. By connecting towers, IHS Nigeria is helping bring fiber infrastructure to core metropolitan areas and support the delivery of digital services to homes, corporates, and public institutions in partnership with its customers.
In addition to GICL’s fiber optic network, IHS Nigeria has also implemented mobile network coverage in over 580 previously unconnected rural communities in Nigeria through its rural telephony program. By helping deliver voice and data services to these communities, IHS Nigeria is working to meet MNO’s rollout targets and support the federal government’s digital inclusion agenda.
Vice President, GICL, Kazeem Oladepo, said: “Limited metropolitan and long-haul fiber optic networks continue to be an obstacle to the improvement of existing communication services, and the introduction of emerging technologies and digital services in Nigeria. Our approach to fiber optic cable deployment concentrates on implementing networks on an open access, shared infrastructure basis, providing robust and scalable fiber pairs and alternate ducts to ensure multiple operators can utilise the infrastructure.”