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Telecoms: NCC will support Meta on submarine cable system –Maida

L-R: Kojo Boakye, Vice-President, Africa, Middle-East and Turkey at Meta (l); and Dr. Aminu Maida, Executive Vice Chairman/CEO of NCC, Meta Delegation's Visit to the Commission Head Office, in Abuja, FCT       Photo: NCC

*Dr. Aminu Maida, Executive Vice-Chairman and CEO of Nigerian Communications Commission, assures industry stakeholders of the Commission’s regulatory support to law-abiding investors and operators as  including Meta (formerly Facebook), towards ensuring a healthy competition and sustainable growth in the telecoms sector of the economy

Gbenga Kayode | ConsumerConnect

Dr. Aminu Maida, Executive Vice-Chairman and Chief Executive Officer (EVC/CEO) of the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), has  assured industry stakeholders that the telecoms sector regulatory Commission will support law-abiding investors, including Meta, (formerly Facebook) in regard to the firm’s positive response to Nigeria’s desire for investments that promote the agenda of Federal Government to achieve a robust digital economy.

Maida stated this when he received a delegation of Meta, led by Kojo Boakye the Big Tech’s Vice-President for Africa, the Middle-East and Turkey, during a recent  visit to the NCC Headquarters in Abuja, FCT.

NCC commits to operators’ compliance with industry laws, regulatory guidelines  -EVC/CEO

Mr. Reuben Muoka, Director of Public Affairs at NCC, Sunday, December 3, 2023, stated the EVC/CEO said that the regulatory support to all investors, including operators in Nigeria, would be predicated on their playing by the rules and regulations guiding the sector.

The Commission, said the Executive Vice-Chairman of NCC, places much premium on compliance with industry laws, regulations and guidelines, as such would also engender a level-playing field for all licensees and other stakeholders in the industry.

This is with a view to sustaining a healthy competition and guaranteeing a sustainable growth in the Nigerian telecoms sector, stated Dr. Maida.

Meta’s 180 Tbps 2Africa Cable to land in Nigeria, says Boakye

In his remarks during the delegation’s visit to the Commission, Boakye informed Maida, that the purpose of their visit was to congratulate him on his appointment by the President, and intimate him with ongoing efforts at landing 2Africa Cable in Nigeria.

At 45,000 kilometres long, Meta’s Vice-President for Africa, the Middle-East and Turkey also said the 2Africa submarine cable would be one of the world’s largest subsea cable projects, and would interconnect Europe (eastward via Egypt), Asia (via Saudi Arabia) and Africa.

According to him, the system will go live in 2023, delivering more than the total combined capacity of all subsea cables currently serving Africa, with a design capacity of up to 180 terabytes per second (Tbps).

Boakye stated that 2Africa would deliver much-needed Internet capacity and reliability across large parts of Africa, supplement the fast-growing capacity demand in the Middle East and underpin further growth of 4G, 5G and fixed broadband access for billions of people, especially in Nigeria.

The Meta top executive , therefore, solicited NCC’s support in sailing through all necessary legal and regulatory hurdles in landing the submarine cable to complement existing backbone infrastructure in the West African country.

Meta, through a consortium, plans to land 2Africa cable simultaneously in Lagos and Akwa-Ibom States, stated he.

Boakye added this approach is “to ensure those not yet connected are connected while those already connected are given opportunity for enhanced and affordable access.”

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