Skywrap solutions have allowed for the cable to roll across adverse terrain

Phase one of Nigeria’s National broadband carrier network project has rolled out though the difficult terrain of the Niger Delta region.

The project will see 14 000 km of fibre optic networking installed, connected via the regional network owners, taking broadband connectivity to all areas of the country.

UK-based AFL reports that it supplies the fibre optic cable for the project.

The company says network owner, Dangote Industries Limited is installing over 3 000km of fibre optic cable supplied by AFL to link to this open access backbone, operated by Dancom Technologies and will interconnect directly with Phase 3 Telecom.

The Dancom network construction incorporates AFL's Skywrap solution, a fibre optic cable that is helically applied on existing ground or phase conductors using specially designed installation equipment. Skywrap has allowed for the cable to be rolled out across difficult terrain including wetlands and a 1.3km wide section of the Niger River, says AFL.

Boye Olusanya, managing director of Dancom Technologies, said: "The lower eastern half of the project was completed last month and is now ready to carry commercial traffic. The SkyWrap solution has enabled this first stage of installation to be deployed quickly at an average rate of between 5 and 9 km per day with minimal disruption to existing power services. This solution was especially outstanding when we crossed a large 1.3km span over the River Niger."

"AFL SkyWrap technology is allowing us to bring secure and reliable high bandwidth data services to many regions of Nigeria where capacity and quality of network services were very limited. When completed the Dancom and Phase 3 network will be part of the only neutral open access national fibre backbone in Nigeria," added Aliko Dangote, president and CEO of Dangote Industries.

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