Fibre-optic technology plays a crucial role in a lot of businesses today, owing to the demand for faster, more efficient, secure communication systems for business operations.
There is also an increased demand from industries, seeking innovative solutions offered by fiber optics. There has been a wide increase in broadband penetration globally as a result of various fiber optic technologies employed.
According to a report by the Nigerian Communications Commission, broadband penetration in Nigeria increased by 91.70% in the last four years.
The country’s broadband penetration increased from 21.21% in April 2017 to 40.66% in April 2021.
The NCC data shows that in April 2021, 77,605,500 million Nigerians were connected to the Internet, up from 40, 481, 570 million in April 2017.
Fiber optic networks have enhanced quality of service for both voice and data solutions, many core base stations in Nigeria are connected with fiber optic thereby reducing down time and radio point to point challenge.
As a result of the advent of fibre networks, there has been a wider coverage of telecommunication networks. Although the deployment of fibre-optics in Nigeria is not without its challenges which includes unplanned towns and cities, poor infrastructure sharing, security challenges amongst others, Nigeria still has huge internet broadband capacity which is currently underutilized.
There is thus an urgent need to deploy technologies which will maximize the available internet broadband capacity.
Fibre-optic technology has a very high capacity, light weight, small size and it has immunity to electromagnetic interference.
It is also very fast and offers reliable internet usage. Emerging technologies such as the Internet of Things can only be fully realised with a strong internet broadband accessibility.
Fibre optic technology will pave the way for more effective deployment of mobile wireless and maximization of the huge bandwidth the country has.
Over-reliance on mobile wireless will reduce as well and in the long run, fiber optic deployment is cost efficient and effective.
More internet speed and reliable connectivity means more productivity and better economic growth, therefore, fibre optic cable can be said to be the future of communication and technology.
Fibre-optic can handle more users and more data at consistently higher speeds, it is also not prone to outages as cable internet. If the fiber optic cable stays intact, it can keep delivering bits and bytes even when the lights are out.
As part of its commitment to expanding broadband access across Nigeria, MTN Nigeria revealed earlier this year plans to invest 640 billion naira (approximately $1.5 billion) over the next three years to expand broadband access, in line with the Nigerian federal government’s 2020-2025 National Broadband Plan and in support of the MTN Group strategy, Ambition 2025: Leading digital solutions for Africa’s progress.
At a recently concluded groundbreaking exercise in Akwa Ibom state, MTN Nigeria, in partnership with the state government unveiled its newly installed fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) network in Dakkada luxury estate to ensure reliable and affordable internet connectivity for residents.
At the foundation laying ceremony, performed by Professor Yemi Osinbajo, the Vice President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, the estate which is said to be strategic for business owners, was borne out of the need to provide low-density housing units to the people.
The Fibre-to-the-home project will promote high speed internet penetration and will ensure 24 hours provision of high speed internet service via fibre network to Dakadda Luxury Estate in Akwa Ibom.
The fibre network has a highly scalable technology, resilient with high connection speed that will guarantee value for money.
The provision of fibre to the home internet services will enhance seamless communication for residents, and provide uncapped internet fibre internet.
In a similar vein, the telecom giant has also partnered with Landafrique, an integrated real estate firm to deploy fibre-optic infrastructure to connect homes and businesses in Agbara Estate.
The agreement was signed at a formal ceremony held at MTN Nigeria’s Headquarters in Ikoyi on November 17, 2021, and had in attendance, MTN management led by the Chief Operating Officer, Mazen Mroue and accompanied by the General Manager, Enterprise Sales, Bukola Akande and General Manager, Fixed Broadband, Onyinye Ikenna-Emeka, as well as representatives from Landafrique Nigeria Limited, including the CEO, Paulo Cruz and other executives.
The partnership spans 10 years, and covers the deployment of MTN FibreNet Broadband internet services with at least 5Mbps and internet throughput to each housing unit; as well as industrial and commercial units within the estate.
MTN Fibre is expanding its network at a rapid pace and is committed to improving internet penetration across Nigeria. It recently revealed plans to invest $1.5 billion over the next three years to increase broadband across the country.