Lagos and about 60 cities in the North Central region of Nigeria will be receiving improved broadband services in the planned project by the licensed Infrastructure companies (InfraCos).
Lagos, the commercial capital of Nigeria will be handled by MainOne Cable while IHS has been licensed by the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) to focus on the North Central states- Benue, Kogi, Kwara, Nasarawa, Niger, Plateau and FCT Abuja.
According to the NCC in this report, “it planned to license seven InfraCos for the six geo-political zones of the country and Lagos, because of its peculiarity.”
Minister of Communications Technology, Dr. Omobola Johnson, said “as part of Nigeria’s drive to attract additional investments into the country’s vibrant Information Communications Technology (ICT) industry, the country would be focusing on the Open Access Model, which has been adopted for the licensing round, beneficiaries of the licenses shall get tax holidays to encourage the Infracos to invest and guarantee adequate returns on investments.”
MainOne Cable has previously installed submarine cable and Tier III data centre in Lagos, will now provide broadband infrastructure to the over 20 million Lagosians as planned.