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Parallel Wireless, a US-based open radio access networks (RAN) company that delivers software-defined end-to-end open RAN solutions, today announced that it has been selected by Hotspot Network, a network-as-a-service (NaaS) provider, to deliver 2G, 3G and 4G coverage across 2 000 villages in Nigeria.

The deal forms part of a connectivity initiative that includes Digital Farmers Club (DFC), Universal Service Provision Fund (USPF) and NITDA Adopted Village for Smart Agriculture (NAVSA).

According to the GSMA, a quarter of Sub-Saharan Africa’s population still lives outside of mobile broadband coverage, compared to 7% globally. Mobile internet is the sole means of digital access for many individuals and businesses in Nigeria.

The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has stressed the importance of mobile internet to support access to education, work, healthcare, services and social networks, and the federal government of Nigeria is committed to facilitating the achievement of its national policy goals for Universal Service and Access to information and communication technologies.

The strategic goal of the Parallel Wireless and Hotspot 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 objectives to provide voice and data services to enable electronic services in health, hospitality, education, banking and agriculture, aimed at improving citizens' standard of living and bringing them into the digital economy.

DFC claims that the initiative will create over 100 000 direct jobs and 1.5 million indirect jobs across Nigeria.

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