By Etuka Sunday
The Nigerian Communication Commission (NCC) and Galaxy Backbone has pledged renewed collaboration to improve Broadband connectivity in the country.
This was part of the fallouts from the interface meeting between the duo in Abuja on Tuesday.
The Executive Vice Chairman/Chief Executive Officer of NCC, Prof. Umar Garba Danbatta, said the collaboration would facilitate increased fibre infrastructure to 72, 000 km across the country.
Danbatta said, once achieved, a large part of the target of the broadband plan of the government would have been attained and help to transform the digital economy.
“We are counting on your support to acheive this together so that before my tenure and yours are over, we can ensure that we leave a worthy legacy to pass on.
This country has never witnessed a project of this transformational significance before,” Danbatta said.
He however said the commission was waiting for counterpart funding, adding that the amount of funding for the project was about N65 billion.
“You have laid total fibres of 3,000-4,000km, the figure of 42,000km that we give from time to time is including the component of fibre that galaxy bone has laid.
“We don’t know how much more fibre you intend to lay but the target is 120km per fibre, this has been captured in the next level documents of the government in the next four (4) years.
“On our part, we have deployed additional 30,000km fibre through the infrastructure components project which is almost at completion through the counter-part funding.
This is going to be a Public Private Partnership (PPP). We are waiting for N200 billion counterpart funding, N65 billion counterpart funding on our part all subject to the approval of government.
“If all these are done, we will see deployment on annual basis that will culminate to a total of 30, 000km, that will add to the 42km on ground making a total of 72, 000km that in turn will transform the digital economy of our nation,” he said.
Earlier in his Welcome Address, the Managing Director of Galaxy Backbone, Mr Yusuf Kazaure, said the leadership of Ministry of Communication had emphasised the need for the organisation to collaborate with agencies to improve and boost the Communications sector.
” It is in this light, the Executive Vice Chairman and his team have come to see some of the work that we believe will create synergy and deepen broadband connectivity in the country.
” Over the years, government had invested in the deployment of fibre infrastructure across the country,”he said.
Kazaure said that the Tier III National Data centre, managed by galaxy backbone situated in Abuja, could cater for public and private clients.
”All the international certifications, required to maintain the quality and standards of the National Data centre, has been put in place.
” Galaxy Backbone is the second company in Africa and Middle East to have transited to the 2018 version of the Sevice Management System(SMS), accredited by the British Standard Institute(BSI),” he said.