Cable solution to enable Nigeria’s first open access fibre backbone network

Nigeria’s first open access fibre optic backbone network will consist of 14,000km of fibre optic network linked through regional network owners to enable advanced communications to all regions of the country.

Of this, global cable manufacturer AFL is installing 3,000km of fibre optic cable to the country’s National Broadband Carrier Network Project, which is operated by Dancom Technologies and will interconnect directly with Phase3 Telecom.

The network, owned by Dangote Industries Limited, incorporates AFL’s SkyWrap solution, a fibre optic cable that is helically applied on existing ground or phase conductors using specially designed installation equipment.

Boye Olusanya, managing director of Dancom Technologies commented, “The lower eastern half of the project was completed last month and is now ready to carry commercial traffic. The SkyWrap solution has enabled this first stage of installation to be deployed quickly at an average rate of between 5 and 9 km per day with minimal disruption to existing power services. This solution was especially outstanding when we crossed a large 1.3km span over the River Niger.”

“AFL is honoured to participate in such an important project that will directly impact the lives of the people of Nigeria. Given the difficult terrains, wetlands and environments of the Niger Delta region where part of this installation is located, SkyWrap was the perfect solution for this project,” said Paul Thompson, managing director of AFL in Europe.

Aliko Dangote, president and CEO of Dangote Industries, added that the network would “bring secure and reliable high bandwidth data services to many regions of Nigeria where capacity and quality of network services were very limited. When completed the Dancom and Phase3 network will be part of the only neutral open access national fibre backbone in Nigeria.”

Stanley Jegede, CEO of Phase3 Telecom stated, “The deployment of Dancom network is a welcome development to the telecoms industry in Nigeria as it helps to achieve a one-network objective that will enable transmission on a more secure right-of-way across the country.”

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