Nigeria takes wireless internet to 2,000 villages
London, Dec. 17, 2020 (AltAfrica)-2000 Nigerian villages are to connected to wireless internet as part of NITDA Adopted Village for Smart Agriculture (NAVSA) connectivity initiatives
Already, Parallel Wireless, Inc., the U.S.-based Open RAN company , has been selected by Hotspot Network Limited, a Network as a Service (NaaS) provider,
The project is aligned with the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals SDG Goals 1, 2, 6, 7 and 13. It also aligns with African Development Banks High 5’s – Light up & Power Africa, Feed Africa, Industrialize Africa, Integrate Africa and improve the quality of life for people of Africa.
Engr. Morenikeji Aniye, Founder and CEO, HotSpot Network Limited, said, “Hotspot has signed a commercial agreement with MTN to deploy more than 2,000 sites starting with 500 in year one. We believe that Parallel Wireless’s innovative and easy to deploy 2G 3G 4G 5G world’s leading Open RAN will enable faster time to market to deliver wireless internet to consumers and businesses.”
The strategic goal of Parallel Wireless and Hotspot’s partnership is to help regional mobile operators build and expand wireless networks across Nigeria, providing next-generation digital services to local communities. This will meet DFC’s, USPFS’ and NAVSA’s objective to provide voice and data services to enable eHealth, eHospitality, eEducation, ebanking, eAgriculture and, as a result, improve the citizens’ standard of living and bring them into the digital economy. This will help DFC to create over 100,000 direct jobs and 1,500,000 indirect jobs across Nigeria.
Mobile internet is the major method of digital access for many individuals and businesses in Nigeria. The COVID-19 pandemic has stressed the importance of the mobile internet to support access to education, work, healthcare, services and social networks.
Nigerian government is committed to facilitating the achievement of its national policy goals for Universal Service and Access to information and communication technologies
Christoph Fitih, Africa Sales Director, Parallel Wireless said , “We are proud to be a part of various such initiatives for implementing our world’s leading Open RAN platform to allow mobile operators to enable new and innovative services quickly and cost-effectively, in turn making a positive impact in the lives of the global population.