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Nigeria: MainOne And Facebook To Deploy 750-Km Metropolitan Fibre Network In Edo and Ogun States

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On 26 February 2019, MainOne announced that it will deploy and operate some 750-km of metropolitan fibre optic network in the Nigerian states of Edo and Ogun with investment from Facebook and support from local regulatory and state authorities. According to a company press release, these open access transport networks will provide metro fibre connectivity to reach more than 1 million people in Benin City, Abeokuta, Sagamu and ten other towns by connecting mobile operators' base stations, Internet Service providers, points of presence (POPs), and public locations including schools and hospitals. MainOne was previously granted an open access fibre infrastructure network (InfraCo) licence by the Nigerian Communications Commission in 2015 (see Nigeria: NCC Announces Winners Of First Two InfraCo Licences As MainOne And IHS Communications), and has since deployed a 300-km metro fibre network in Lagos. Facebook Engineering also said that in conjunction with MainOne, together they had connected towers in Lagos and laid 970-km of fibre optic cable in Ogun and Edo states.

Source: MainOne, Facebook Engineering

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