MainOne to commit US$70mn for digitisation of Lagos

pic1.JPGWest Africa’s provider of connectivity and data centre solutions, MainOne, announced the launch of its campaign initiative ‘Digital Lagos: Broadband for All’

The initiative is to enable the digital transformation of the state of Lagos through the deployment of ubiquitous broadband infrastructure across the state.

MainOne’s plans for Lagos is inspired by the vision of Lagos Governor-elect Babajide Sanwo-Olu, who noted that “Technology will improve the rule of law, education, ease of doing business and government processes of Lagos.”

Funke Opeke, CEO, MainOne, said the company is keen to work with the Lagos state government and all other relevant stakeholders to build Digital Lagos and help citizens from all walks of life realise the benefits of broad, sustainable economic growth, modernised education, health and other services delivery, and improved quality of life.

“MainOne is pleased to have the opportunity to present its plan for Digital Lagos, a proven path to ubiquitous broadband connectivity. This plan will involve the investment by MainOne of more than US$70mn over the next two-three years to develop critical fibre optic infrastructure to enable broadband services across Lagos state,” she added.

Judah Levine, CEO HIP Consult, a Washington DC-based, independent, management consulting firm specialising in ICT in emerging markets, made a presentation. HIP Consult worked with MainOne to develop a Digital Lagos concept paper and implementation plan. Levine touched on the research done in Lagos State for Digital Lagos, its implementation plans and subsequent impact.

Opeke stated that, as the licensed InfraCo for Lagos area, the resulting network to be built by MainOne would provide essential connectivity to critical state institutions, covering more than 300 government agencies, up to 10,000 state-owned CCTV locations, telecom operators and ISPs, public Wi-Fi hotspots, smart city components/IOT devices, in addition to businesses.

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