MainOne, Tizeti, Facebook partner for Internet connectivity in Lagos

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MainOne and Tizeti today, 11 December 2017, announced the completion of a joint development project with Facebook to enable the expansion of Internet services in Lagos, Nigeria.

The partnership will leverage on MainOne’s fibre connectivity, Tizeti’s solar-powered towers and Facebook’s Express Wi-Fi.

As a result of this project, internet services will be more accessible across Lagos Mainland including Ajao Estate, Surulere, Ikeja, Omole, Magodo, Gbagada, Oworonshoki, Bariga, Anthony Village, Ogudu, Ojota, Ketu and Alapere.

“Access to fast and reliable unlimited Wi-Fi connectivity has been a problem for most Nigerian residential customers and small businesses for too long. This partnership aims to demonstrate a sustainable and cost-effective solution to the under-served areas of Lagos State through our solar-powered, always-on Wi-Fi towers, and robust internet bandwidth from MainOne,” says Kendall Ananyi, Tizeti Chief Executive Officer. 

Tizeti has built and will operate the solar-powered Wi-Fi Towers across Lagos while MainOne will provide multiple Gbps internet bandwidth to the outdoor towers via a mix of fiber-optic and microwave backhaul connections. 

Funke Opeke, MainOne Chief Executive Officer lauded Tizeti and Facebook’s commitment to improving the quality and lowering costs of Internet services in Lagos. 

“This project leverages our Internet capacity, investment in terrestrial fiber-optic infrastructure and points of presence for service delivery across Lagos State. We’re committed to improving the quality of access and accelerating the digital transformation of small businesses,” says Opeke. 

“We are committed to working with partners across Africa and elsewhere to support connectivity initiatives and develop better internet infrastructure in communities that lack reliable and affordable access,” says Ibrahima Ba, Facebook Connectivity Programs. 

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