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BCN gets United States Trade and Development Agency grant to upscale Nigeria’s Digital Economy from South-South Nigeria


Backbone Connectivity Network, Nigeria’s leading digital communications service company was recently awarded a grant by The United States Trade and Development Agency (USTDA) to conduct a subsea landing station feasibility study in the South-South (SS) oil producing region of Nigeria. The feasibility study aims to explore the viability of bringing faster and more reliable internet connectivity to millions of residents and corporate customers in Port Harcourt and the neighboring coastal communities of Nigeria’s South-South region as well as provide a redundant path for international internet service transmission from the globe into the hinterlands of Nigeria. BCN has selected HIP Consult Inc. of Washington D.C, a reputable consulting firm with vast experience in African broadband infrastructure assessments to conduct the study.

The South-South region of Nigeria lacks direct connection to subsea internet cables and depends on 620 km of terrestrial fiber to transport international internet traffic through Lagos. BCN’s USTDA study will help alleviate this internet traffic congestion and address growing demand for connectivity by evaluating the deployment of a subsea cable branching unit, a Cable Landing Station, terrestrial fiber deployment and a Tier-III Data Center.

BCN’s Managing Director/CEO, Ibrahim Dikko stated, “We are very proud to collaborate again with USTDA towards the delivery of this important National project especially in this extraordinary time and anticipated increase for telecommunications infrastructure in Nigeria. The project aims to support the ongoing economic diversification efforts of the Federal Government of Nigeria towards the development of a digital economy and the socio-economic advancement of South-South and South-Eastern regions of Nigeria. The International Cable Landing Station including the Modular Data Centre connects Nigeria’s Niger Delta region and Port Harcourt which is perhaps the only major coastal city in Sub-Saharan Africa with a population of 2 million or more without a direct / near submarine cable link to international internet bandwidth and submarine cable systems. Nigeria’s South-South, South-East and North-East regions would also benefit from a nearer landing station from a price and technical perspective while providing an alternative and redundant cable connection to Northern Cameroun, Niger and Chad.

Backbone Connectivity Network Ltd (BCN) is a Unified Communication Service Provider incorporated in 2004 as a pioneer Broadband Fibre Solution and Data Management Company, providing the best of Communication Services and Infrastructure, Broadband Connectivity, Internet Transit and Access as well as Cloud and Managed Solutions across various sectors in Nigeria.

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