Facebook to partner NCC
Social networking platform Facebook is set to partner with the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) to improve connectivity and infrastructure development.
At a conference held at the NCC, it was decided there was need for infrastructure expansion in the country as a result of the connectivity gap in Nigeria.
Ibrahim Ba, a delegate from the company, said: “Facebook has started two connectivity projects in Edo and Ogun involving 800km of fibre connecting institutions and operators towers.
“Good infrastructure is the bedrock of Facebook and WhatsApp, and Instagram’s robust connectivity.”
He encouraged the partnership with the NCC, saying it will aid the infrastructure expansion in fibre connectivity and increase the ease of doing business in the country.
Edoyemi Ogoh, NCC’s deputy director of technical standards and network integrity, confirmed NCC’s commitment to aid the expansion of telecoms services in the country.
He said: “NCC’s stance is signalled in its adoption of the open-access model and the licensing of infrastructure companies to cascade fibre to the hinterland of Nigeria.”
He added that the commission was finalising processes to institute the Dig Once policy, which will encourage key players in infrastructure to have better partnerships in the laying of fibre as it relates to the upcoming 2020-2025 national broadband plan.