W’Bank and FG begin talks on a 90,000 km fibre-optic cable project.

The Federal Government started negotiations with the World Bank just a few weeks after approving a special purpose entity to facilitate the supply of an extra 90,000 km of fibre optic cable.

This was revealed on Tuesday by Bosun Tijani, the Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, during the announcement of the start of Nigeria Week in Washington, D.C.

The project intends to make Nigeria the third-longest terrestrial fibre optic backbone in Africa, behind South Africa and Egypt, by increasing its fibre optic cable capacity from 35,000 km to 125,000 km.

Tijani, who was a co-founder of CcHUB, Nigeria’s first tech hub, in 2010, is still a proponent of treating broadband as an urgent need if Nigeria is to progress in the digital economy.

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