Five cities have been added to the Phase3 Internet Protocol (IP) backbone, according to the chief executive officer of Phase3 Telecom, Mr. Stanley Jegede.
Speaking recently, Mr. Jegede said Lagos, Kano, Abuja, Benin and Port-Harcourt were among those that have been linked up to the list of places covered by high-capacity, IP-based services by Phase3 Telecom.
This, he said, was in continuation of the expansion and upgrade of the telco’s national and aerial communications backbone.
ITRealms Online recalls that Phase3 Telecom, a leading provider of carrier services, had in recent months embarked on the expansion and upgrade of its national aerial backbone so as to make certain the availability of abundant capacity for telecommunications services in the country.
Before now, Phase3 had upgraded its network successfully in Oshogbo, Asaba, Ilorin, Akure and Abeokuta.
As said by Mr. Jegede, his firm embarked on the upgrade in view of the increasing need to facilitate the public’s access to international IP networks for the purpose of lower tariffs, lower termination charges and increased competitive pricing on all IP enabled services provided by telecom operators nationwide.
“All these would be attained using Phase3 Telecom’s reliable IP transmission backbone infrastructure in Nigeria,’ he declared.
Additionally, he said that having already established one of the most extensive optic fibre coverage in Nigeria, Phase3 had taken up the challenge to meet the need of the marketplace with respect to capacity and network quality, hence it’s embarking on further network upgrade.
He pointed out that with the increasing use of telecommunication services by government, financial institutions, and many other businesses, there was need for communications backbone with adequate capacity that would meet their needs.
Further, Champion Infotel recalled that Phase3 Telecom had invested over $100m in building its aerial network country-wide, having entered a deal with Alheri Engineering Limited, a subsidiary of Dangote Group, to build a one network fibre backbone traversing major towns and cities in the country.
“We see challenges in Internet services in many parts of Nigeria due to capacity and bandwidth challenges. Our network upgrade and expansion is designed to address this very challenge. We have invested heavily on the network to ensure that latest services can be offered to anyone who require them in Nigeria,” he asserted.
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