According to Bosun Tijani, the Minister entrusted with overseeing Communications, Innovation, and Digital Economy, a whopping $2 billion investment is expected to be necessitated for the nationwide installation of Fibre Optic Cables In Nigeria. In his statement, he emphasized that the focus of his ministry, in collaboration with the Nigeria Communication Commission, lies in the prioritization of the utilization of fibre optics as a means to ensure enhancement of the overall communication services in the nation.
The Minister revealed that a whopping total of 35,000 kilometers of fibre optics cable has been extensively built across the entire nation by the federal government. Nonetheless, an additional 95,000 kilometers are required to guarantee absolute coverage throughout the country. As a minister, it is evident to him that the enhancement of fibre optic cables as the utmost priority in this nation will undoubtedly lead to a remarkable surge in the quality of service. Whether one relies on regular mobile phone or utilize the internet at one’s residence, the improvements will be nothing short of extraordinary.
Nigeria is 35,000 kilometres away from achieving 95,000 kilometres.
Rest assured, this is a commitment that the minister wholeheartedly stand by. Over the course of the upcoming four years, the ministry’s utmost determination will be directed towards augmenting the length of fibre optic cables in Nigeria. Presently, Nigeria finds itself approximately 35,000 kilometres distant from the desired goal of reaching 95,000 kilometres, which signifies that it is almost halfway towards the target. The total expenses required for connecting the entire nation to achieve coverage of 95,000 points is estimated to lie within the range of $1.5 to $2 billion.
In the upcoming 6 to 12 months, the aim of the ministry is to expedite its progress while ensuring the acquisition of funding accessible to private enterprises rather than relying on government funds. The ultimate goal is to collaborate with reputable companies capable of deploying fibre networks within the next two to three years. He expressed optimism that a considerable segment of that expanse of 95,000 kilometers will be traversed prior to the conclusion of the initial four-year period under this leadership, he remarked.
There is still a prevailing issue of subpar 5G network services.
Additionally, the Minister highlighted that efforts are underway by the government at the federal level to enhance the existing infrastructure of the nationwide 5G network. It was emphasized that further progress and advancements are required to adequately facilitate and sustain this top-notch network throughout the country. According to him, despite the existence of these facilities in certain areas across the nation, there is still a prevailing issue of subpar 5G network services for a significant number of individuals due to inadequate infrastructure backing.
Also, not every corner of the country is equipped with the infrastructure that powers 5G. Availability varies across different locations. Inevitably, if one opts for a 5G subscription and ends up in an area where the infrastructure is unable to provide adequate support, the quality of one’s connection will naturally decline. It’s important to note that 5G does exist in Nigeria and there are telecommunications companies authorized to offer this service, as confirmed by the minister.
They have a vital function in the sustenance of worldwide networks.
Furthermore, Tijani disclosed a few of the accomplishments he achieved during his initial 100 days as the head of his ministry. A specialized form of cable called fibre optic cable is utilized for effective long-range data networking and high-functioning telecommunications. This cable is constructed with insulation surrounding strands of glass fibre, resulting in optimal efficiency. Fibre optic cables outpace wired cables in terms of both data transmission over long distances and bandwidth. They have a vital function in the sustenance of worldwide networks for internet, cable TV, and telephone services.