“We seem to forget that the average Nigerian university graduate in 2012 lacks meaningful access to the Internet and cannot do all the things the earlier panelists from the UK said his son could do online.
Yet we have cables on our shore to provide all the access we need that are less than 5% utilized and more than 30,000 kilometres of domestic fiber optic cables to connect those international cables to more than 50% of the Nigerian population, but access to them is so far discriminatory and inordinately expensive, thus inhibiting access for most Nigerian schools, hospitals, government agencies, young professionals and small and medium businesses.
Common carrier access on existing infrastructure that is viewed as essential in the new global economy for being a functional state can simply not be accessed in Nigeria.
If profitable companies that operate based on government concession do not share their infrastructure on a fair market basis for public good, in a country so lacking in infrastructure as to incentivize companies to naturally share, what will be good enough? How will our economy ever grow?”, says CEO, Main One Cable Company, Funke Opeke to attendees at the Nigeria Broadband Forum held Thursday in Lagos.
Less than 5% capacity used up in submarine cables that landed Nigerian shore, CEO of Main One says
July 29, 2012 By 1 Comment