One of Nigeria’s provider of transmission and IP services using the aerial fibre optic transmission, Phase3, has expanded its network to cover the Republic of Benin and Togo. This was concluded with the execution of an exclusive right of way Concession Agreement with theCommunautéé Electrique du Benin (CEB), last week.

CEB is the authority responsible for the operation of High Voltage Power lines in both Benin and Togo Republics. The agreement was signed by Mr Djibril Salifou, Director General of CEB and Mr Stanley Jegede CEO of Phase3.

With the development, Phase3’s network now prides as the longest regional terrestrial fiber network linking Nigeria to the Republic of Benin and Togo, with potentials for connections to Ghana and Burkina Faso from Togo.

The development also makes Phase3 about the first regional fiber optic cable network provider in West Africa to operate national fiber optic cable backbone interconnecting six (6) West African countries.

The company said it has already commenced with the expansion of the aerial national infrastructure in the two countries to extend their current combined length of fiber from 600km to over 3,000km within next few months.

This infrastructure targets existing regional telecomm-unication service providers currently operating in these countries, as well as the transmission needs of operators who plan to interconnect with operators in Togo and Benin.

According to Jegede, “we are pleased with this current development. At least it positions us as the infrastructure provider for the distribution of broadband services to various locations in these countries.  Our aerial infrastructure in Nigeria is deployed on the 330kV and 132kV high voltage lines; whilst aerial infrastructure in Togo & Benin are deployed on 161kV high voltage lines. The regional network will be equipped with state-of-the-art 10G DWDM systems providing multi services platform for all carriers for layer 1 and layer 2 operations”.

The company said that the feat does not only positions it strong as a company but also becomes a major step in achieving the implementation of the Intelcom II programme of ECOWAS which aims at developing, modernizing,

coordinating & standardizing the telecommunication network of Member States and a fulfillment to the partnership between ECOWAS and Phase3.The  partnership is geared towards collaborating to provide cross border telecommunication infrastructure in ECOWAS member states, as well as drive down the all-time high cost of telecommunication services to consumers.

This will further enhance redundancy on the transmission cable network, from which all Telecom-munication Operators and Internet Service Providers in the region can immediately benefit.

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