By Emmanuel Elebeke
NATIONAL long-distance telecommunications network operator, Phase 3 Telecoms, may have perfected plans to deploy 3,000 km of optic fiber for the next 18 months to boost Nigeria’s broadband penetration.
This was announced weekend, by the company’s Chief Executive Officer Mr. Stanley Jegede, while explaining new partnership agreement between his company and a Hong Kong’s premier telecom service provider, PCCW Global.
The planned 3,000km optic fiber deployment is in addition to more than 6,000km optic fiber already deployed by the company, while commissioning several points of presence at sites in all key cities across the country.
Jegede said that his company has ”deployed more than 6,000 km of fiber optic cable to date with another 3,000 km planned for the next 18 months while commissioning several Points of Presence at sites in all key cities”.
Phase 3 had earlier entered into a pact with a Hong Kong’s premier telecom service provider, PCCW Global, to usher in new and advanced communications solutions in the Nigeria telecom sector.
It operates a 6000km fiber optic network using its unique Right of Way (RoW) to deploy fiber infrastructure along Nigeria’s high voltage power transmission lines in Nigeria and across the West Africa sub-region.
The pact between the two companies will enable new and advanced communications solutions for Nigeria and other West African countries, with Phase3 Telecom now having access to PCCW Global’s vast international MPLS network covering major African cities such as Nairobi, Dares Salaam, Maputo, Johannesburg, and Cape Town, as well as 3,000 other cities around the world. PCCW Global will also gain improved access to networks in Nigeria via Phase3 Telecom’s robust fiber infrastructure.