Zinox Technologies Ltd., Nigeria’s foremost indigenous Information Technology powerhouse, is set to connect the entire South East region to the information super-highway, with the rollout of broadband connectivity in the 95 local government areas in the region, the NCC revealed.
The foregoing about the role of Zinox was disclosed by Executive Vice-Chairman, Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), Prof. Umar Garba Danbatta.
The NCC boss made this known on Tuesday, March 30, while speaking at the Anambra State Broadband Infrastructure Development Stakeholders Forum.
Zinox, a globally-renowned tech giant, is one of the infrastructure companies (InfraCos) licensed by the Federal Government to roll out metropolitan fibre-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 soon-to-evolve broadband revolution in the country.
Speaking at the stakeholders’ forum, Danbatta reiterated the role of Zinox in the emerging digital revolution in the South East. Further, he hailed the Anambra State Governor, Willie Obiano for waiving the contentious Right of Way charges.
Right of Way 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 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.’’