It’ll Cost $2bn To Lay Fibre Cables Across Nigeria – Communications Minister

Bosun Tijani, Minister of Communications, Innovations, and Digital Economy, estimates that laying fiber optic connections across Nigeria will cost around $2 billion.

The minister, who appeared on Channels Television’s Politics Today on Tuesday, also stated that advanced technology, such as the Fifth-Generation (5G) network, existed in Nigeria.

However, he stated that the infrastructure that enables advanced technology is not available throughout the country.

He estimated that it will cost around $2 billion to wire Nigeria for the flawless experience of the 5G network.

“We do in some places,” he said when asked whether 5G exists in Nigeria.

“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. 5G exists in Nigeria and there are telcos with the licence,” the minister said.

Tijani said the government is doing everything possible to increase the kilometre of fibre optics cables in Nigeria.

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

The minister hoped that under his guidance, the ministry will fulfill the goal of wiring Nigeria during the first four years of President Bola Tinubu’s government.

He stated that the present administration wishes to connect schools, hospitals, government offices, and other essential locations with fiber cables. “Because once we can do this, we start to see changes in the delivery of public services,” the minister said.

Tijani said he is working on declaring telecoms infrastructure as critical national assets to prevent the vandalism.

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