Nigeria’s 30 percent broadband target by 2018 looks set to come to fruition because of a timely grant. The United States Trade and Development Agency (USTDA) has released a grant to Backbone Connectivity Network Limited of Nigeria. The partnership will see to the building of a Tier III data centre in Kaduna State and a metropolitan broadband network in Abuja.
The grant is for the development of a feasibility study and business plan to support the deployment of a broadband fibre network across Nigeria including the building of a Tier III data centre in Kaduna State.
The partnership, USTDA and BCN, believe will quicken the set plan. It may even surpass the target in the National Broadband Plan of the Federal Government.
Expressing gratitude for the grant at a dinner in honour of the participants of the November 2017 USTDA Reverse Trade Mission, Chief Executive Officer of BCN, Ibrahim Dikko, said, “The feasibility study and business plan being funded by USTDA would cover the assessment of the BCN-led Consortium’s plan to build about 10,000 km of fibre linking about 500 Points of Access across all local government areas in the seven North Western States integrated with the Tier III Data and Co-location Centre deployment plan for Kaduna. This is in furtherance of the National Broadband Plan to increase broadband access in Nigeria from its present 22 percent to over 30 percent in 2018.”