Zinox To Connect South East Nigeria To Fast-Speed Internet – Danbatta

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The Executive Vice-Chairman, Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), Prof. Umar Garba Danbatta, says Zinox Technologies Limited is set to connect the South East region of Nigeria to fast-speed Internet.

The NCC boss while speaking at the Anambra State Broadband Infrastructure Development Stakeholders Forum on Tuesday said that Zinox was ready to roll out broadband connectivity in the 95 local government areas in the region.

Zinox is one of the infrastructure companies (InfraCos) licensed by the Federal Government to roll out metropolitan fiber-optic infrastructure across Nigeria.

The InfraCos are expected to fill critical infrastructure gaps and enable high-speed broadband service in the various geopolitical zones, with Zinox licensed to deploy the services in the South East region as part of the ongoing broadband revolution in the country.

Speaking at the stakeholders’ forum, Danbatta hailed the Anambra State Governor, Willie Obiano, for waiving the contentious Right of Way (RoW) charges.

The RoW charge is a levy paid by telecommunication companies to state governments, permitting telecommunication companies to dig up the roads and install telecommunications hardware such as optic fibre cables that carry Internet traffic.

Danbatta said, “Under this initiative, the South-East Infraco licensee (Messrs. Zinox Technologies Ltd.) will be required to provide at least one Point-of-Access (PoA) in each of the 95 LGA’s that constitute the region and interconnect them with 1,314m of Optic Fibre Cable (OFC).

“Right-of-Way (RoW) charges is a major limiting factor to the provision of broadband services in Nigeria, as it slows down network deployment with the cost of the limited capacities ultimately passed to the subscribers.

“I must applaud His Excellency and Anambra state, who is one of the two states that have not just reduced the Right of Way charges offered to operators, but waived it completely. For this, we are eternally grateful. This action, is sure, to put Anambra State on the global map of Digital Economy.’’

The multi-billion Naira project by Zinox has been hailed by economy watchers and other analysts as a potential game-changer, with the capacity to create jobs and other employment opportunities for millions, place the South East on the path of rapid development and unleash the sheer latent capacities of the youths and budding human capital in the region – a fact acknowledged by the NCC EVC.

“Result of study has shown that for every 10 percent increase in broadband penetration, there is a corresponding 1.38% increase in GDP,’’ said Danbatta.

The EVC added that the RoW waiver would also make Anambra State more attractive to network operators and attract investment in the infrastructure needed to support the economic well-being of the state.

“Giving up the RoW fees today is like separating seed that you will sow to guaranty a prosperous future (Digital foundation) in numerous thematic areas: Commerce, Education, Agriculture, Finance and Trade Education Health and Social, Business and Industry, Transport and energy, Safety and Security, etc.,’’ he concluded.

Zinox was licensed based on the NCC’s Open Access Model (OAM) in line with the National Broadband Plan (NBP) of (2013 – 2018) now revised to (2020 – 2025).

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