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5G Services: Nigeria requires $2bn for improved infrastructure, consumer QoE as Minister unveils Strategic Plan

Photo Collage of Dr. 'Bosun Tijani, Honourable Minister for Communications, Innovation and Digital Economy and Fibre Optic Cables Credit: Channels TV

*Dr. ‘Bosun Tijani, Minister for Communications, Innovation and Digital Economy, launches the Ministry’s ‘Strategic Plan’, restates the Federal Government’s desire to connect schools, hospitals, government offices, and other vital places with 95,000km fibre optic cables across the entire country

Gbenga Kayode | ConsumerConnect

In a bid to wire the entire country with the fibre optic infrastructure to support the  advanced Fifth Generation (5G) technology for telecoms consumers’ seamless Quality of Experience (QoE), the Federal Government has restated its desire to connect schools, hospitals, government offices, and other vital places with the new technology.

ConsumerConnect reports Dr. ‘Bosun Tijani, Honourable Minister for Communications, Innovation and Digital Economy, said this Tuesday, December 5, 2023, while featuring on a Channels TV programme monitored in Lagos.

Tijani disclosed that deployment fibre optic cables to all the nooks and crannies of Nigeria would cost the West African country about $2billion.

The Minister also affirmed the telecoms companies licensed by the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) between 2021 and 2022 have rolled out 5G networks in Nigeria.

He, however, noted the infrastructure that supports the advanced technology is not everywhere across the country as of now.

Tijani further stated that laying the fibre optic cables everywhere in the West African country would cost about $2billion.

According to him, this will enable the Nigerian telecoms consumers to have a seamless quality of experience of the 5G networks.

He noted: “The infrastructure that drives 5G is not something that is across the nation.

“So, if you are subscribe to 5G and you move into locations where the infrastructure cannot support it, of course, the quality will drop.”

The Minister said: “5G exists in Nigeria, and there are Telcos with the licence.”

Government’s committed to increasing deployment of fiber optics cables

Dr. Tijani equally confirmed the Federal Government is intensifying efforts by doing everything possible to increase the kilometre of fibre optics cables in Nigeria.

He stated: “We are about 35 to 40 kilometres right now and the goal is to go to 95,000 km. It’s going to cost us roughly about $1.5bn to $2bn to wire the entire of Nigeria.”

The Minister also assured the industry stakeholders and telecoms consumers that under his leadership, the Ministry of Communications, Innovation and Digital Economy, in the first four years of the President Bola Ahmed Tinubu administration, would achieve the aspiration of wiring Nigeria.

The current government wants to connect schools, hospitals, government offices, and other vital places with fibre cables, stated he.

Tijani explained: “Once we can do this, we start to see changes in the delivery of public services.”

He further assured that he is working on declaring telecoms infrastructure as critical national assets to prevent the vandalism in the Nigerian digital ecosystem.

As part of his strides in the first 100 days in office, the Minister also officially, unveiled the Ministry’s Strategic Plan, titled: “Accelerating Our Collective Prosperity Through Technical Efficiency -A Strategic Plan for the FMoCIDE”.

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