Details of Facebook, NCC meeting emerges – Daily Post Nigeria

Top Management staff of paid a visit to the Communications Commission (NCC), on Thursday, to explore opportunities for and partnership for deployment to strengthen , enhance businesses and bolster citizens’ embrace of .

Ibrahima Ba, Network at Facebook Office in the , who led the delegation to NCC, stated that robust infrastructure was the bedrock of the massive connectivity that signposts Facebook, and .

Facebook had successfully undertaken two connectivity projects in and Ogun involving a total of 800 kilometres of connecting institutions and operators towers.

He said that considering the connectivity gap that still exists in the country, was a need for further expansion of infrastructure as increased penetration of services require further deployment of infrastructure.

Ba, who declared that was to Facebook being ’s most populous country, emphasised that his looked to seeing opportunities for partnerships manifest to ensure infrastructure expansion in fibre connectivity.

Ba advised the NCC to facilitate additional liberalisation of partnership and collaboration processes with stakeholders, a proposition Jerry Ugwu, Deputy Legal and Regulatory Services at NCC, assured that the NCC will explore.

Edoyemi Ogoh, Deputy Director Technical Standards and Network Integrity at NCC, who led the that received delegation on behalf of the Vice and (EVC/CE) of NCC, Prof. Umar Danbatta, commended the group’s interest in the Nigerian market.

He affirmed that NCC was aware of the importance of central infrastructure to the expansion of services, and added that the realisation explained NCC’s of the (OAM) and the licensing of infrastructure (Infracos) to cascade fibre to the hinterland of Nigeria.

Ogoh noted that ’s recent re-designation of NCC’s supervising ministry as Ministry of Communications and Digital was a conformation of ’s commitment to encouraging more citizens to embrace digital culture.

Stressing that the NCC is central to these processes, the added that the of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr. Isa Ali Ibrahim Pantami, has continued to demonstrate his commitment to tackling bottlenecks to infrastructure expansion.

He cited the recent meetings between the Minister, the EVC and Dr. , the of State and Chairman of Nigerian Forum (NGF) which focused on streamlining and standardization Right of Way (RoW) charges.

Ogoh disclosed that the Commission was finalising processes to institute the ‘Dig Once ’ that will encourage operators and key players in infrastructure segment to have greater strategic collaboration in the laying of fibre especially in the context of the upcoming National Plan 2020-2025.

On Ba’s delegation were Schmidt, Network Strategy , Facebook Infrastructure; Adaora Ikenze, ( Policy); Imran Abass, Manager, Sub Saharan Africa; and Fargani Tambeayuk, Africa (Connectivity).

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