Submarine Fibre Will Accelerate Nigeria's Broadband Deployment

After an inspection of facilities owned by MainOne Cable Company, one of Nigeria’s undersea cable operators in Lagos, Executive Vice Chairman of the Nigerian Communications Commission, (NCC), Dr. Eugene Juwah, said the success of the venture after a year of service indicates success for the Commission’s broadband strategy.

He said with the possible of availability of huge bandwidth carriers in our shores, including MainOne, “we are confident that our ongoing broadband plans and initiatives will benefit from these international services promoted by indigenous investors and entrepreneurs, and managed by indigenous experts”.

This is why efforts towards the national broadband initiatives will be geared towards expanding the connectivity infrastructure within our local geographical spread to ensure maximisation of traffic movement between international and national routes on one hand, and within the local networks on the other, Juwah said.

He said the undersea cable facility has delivered the much needed relief for the West African sub-region, enabling it to access the global telecommunications highway. He gave credits to the liberalization policies of the government which opened the sector for private sector participation.

“You may all be aware that for many years, this sub-region has waited to be delivered from the clutches of SAT3, the only existing, but unreliable submarine cable facility in the region, whose tariffs were also a big challenge”, he said while commending the management of MainOne, led by Ms. Funke Okpeke for the show of enterprise that made the venture successful.

Juwah said he was particularly impressed with the way the company has taken the issue of quality of service very seriously as the company reported that it has not experienced downtime in the 12 months of service.

“While it may not be appropriate to draw conclusions and comparisms with other operators after a year in the service, it is still important that such benchmarks and operational policies that give emphasis to quality consumer experience and quick response to all consumer issues must be recommended to all the operators, irrespective of the type of services rendered”, he said.

Juwah said apart from the fact the system has high quality, high scale reliability, huge bandwidth availability, better security, and lower costs of international traffic among others, it will “hopefully, compliment our aspirations to eliminate the imbalance in the global telecom connectivity that has forced many nations of the sub-region to go the extra mile, at extra costs to achieve international connectivity”, he said.