The US Trade and Development Agency (USTDA) is partnering with Nigeria’s Backbone Connectivity Network (BCN) to bridge broadband access gaps in the country, reports The Guardian. The partnership will touch on how cost-effective technology and infrastructure can be deployed to accelerate and surpass the 30 percent target set in the National Broadband Plan (NBP) of the government.
USTDA announced the award of a USTDA-funded grant to BCN for the development of a feasibility study and business plan to support the deployment of a broadband fiber network across the North West region of Nigeria including the building of a Tier III data center in Kaduna State. BCN CEO Ibrahim Dikko stated that the grant was timely as it coincided with BCN’s corporate and broadband infrastructure network expansion programmes. 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 NBP to increase broadband access in Nigeria from its present 22 per cent to over 30 per cent by end 2018. BCN is a leading unified data communication service provider that operates a metropolitan broadband network in Abuja and has deployed over 1,000 km of fiber in North Central and North Eastern Nigeria. BCN is the lead in the consortium recently awarded the Infraco license for the North West Nigeria by the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) to build out Fiber Broadband infrastructure across the seven states in the region namely; Jigawa, Kaduna, Kano, Katsina, Kebbi, Sokoto and Zamfara states.