Nigeria’s second national operator, Globacom, yesterday commissioned the first portion of its $700 million nationwide optic fibre transmission network in Minna, the Niger State capital.
The Globacom fibre cable network covers the entire Lagos-Abeokuta-Ibadan route, Lagos-Ijebuode-Ore-Benin and Abuja-Kaduna-Zaria-Kano routes. Upon completion of the first phase, the network will span 10,000 km, covering all the major cities in the country, including Benin-Warri-Port Harcourt; Port-Harcourt-Aba-Umuahia-Owerri; Owerri-Onitsha-Enugu; Enugu-Oturkpo-Makurdi; Markudi-Lafia-Abuja and Ibadan-Ilorin-Jebba-Mokwa-Bida-Minna-Abuja routes.
The Minna-Abuja route of the fibre backbone which was launched yesterday carries all the traffic for Niger, Kebbi and Sokoto states and adjoining cities and communities.
Governor Mu’azu Babangida Aliyu who commissioned the project described it as a new dawn in telecommunications services in Niger and neighbouring states, noting that the facility would boost government and private businesses in the region. He added that with the facility, his state had been positioned for e-governance