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Ekiti fibre optics project goes live

04 September 2013, 12:53

Lagos - The Ekiti State, in partnership with ipNX Nigeria, has commissioned an 8km optical fibre project which is poised to improve internet services in the region.

The first phase of the project which will be completed in eight weeks is expected to help the state actualise its digital transformation programme.

Speaking at the fibre laying ceremony of the project, the governor of Ekiti State, Kayode Fayemi, said the fibre optics cables would ease internet transactions and improve the quality of life in the state.

The project is the outcome of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed by the state and ipNX Nigeria in June.

Fayemi lauded the project.

“Due to its capacity for almost limitless data speed, fibre optics is the true enabler of broadband services. With the infrastructure of fibre optics based broadband available in Ekiti State, the foundation is being laid for a transformation in the way Ekiti residents live, work, do business and play.

“Fibre optics cable is the fastest means of transmitting data (sic). A single strand of fibre cable can transmit up to 100 gigabytes per second, making it possible to simultaneously carry video, internet and telephone calls," Fayemi said.

Essential services to be provided via the fibre cables include high speed Internet access to home and offices at an affordable price, Wi-fi hotspots, cable television, e-health and e-education in key areas in the state.

The  first phase of the project will cover about 8km from the Government Data Centre to Tantaliser, Fajuyi Park, Bank Road, State Secretariat, GRA/Onigari and Christ’s School axis.

Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of ipNX Nigeria, Ejovi Aror, said improved information and communication technology would improve socio-economic activities in the state.

Ekiti, in south-west Nigeria, would be the fourth state to have the fibre optics technology.

- CAJ News


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