There are strong indications that the Lagos State government is working on providing a metro backbone facility for all the submarine cables that have landed in its shores.
The initiative is expected to help the submarine cables owners, including MainOne; Glo1; WACS; SAT 3, Dolphin, among others have efficient networking system that is expected to make Lagos a smart-city and interconnect with other states.
This plan was disclosed by the Director-General, Lagos State Financial Systems Management Bureau, Abdulahmed Mustapha, at a forum in Lagos, stressing that about seven submarine cables have landed in the shores of the state within the last five years, but that it is still difficult for the operators to distribute capacities even within the state.
Mustapha disclosed that Lagos targets becoming a smart city, calling on all and sundry to ensure the realization of this as soon as possible to be able to complement the state’s megacity status and projects currently going on.
“The state is focus on becoming a smart-city, along with our megacity status. We are already working with Chams to develop an ICT park in Lekki. Today, there are about seven submarine cables in the shores of Lagos. The operators have had the challenge of distributing these capacities within and outside the state. What the current government is doing, which will be consolidated in the new regime is to get the cable operators together and help them to build an efficient metro backbone facility, where everybody will plug in and be able to distribute capacities seamlessly”, he said.
According to him, the state identifies Information and Communications Technology (ICT) as one of the biggest avenue to harness for employment generation.
“We are encouraging companies in this area to develop capacities Lagos is projecting Yaba to become an ICT hub because of the good news coming from there. Already, the state has given MainOne Cables a free Right of Way (RoW) along Herbert Macaulay up to Jibowu,” Mustapha added.