By Ismail Auwal
The U. S. Trade and Development Agency( USTDA) announced support to expand internet access to unserved and underserved areas across Nigeria.
The funding aimed to support feasibly studies to be carried out by Virginia-based Fraym, Inc. Content Oasis Limited.
The USTDA in a statement said that “assistance will support the expansion of ‘last mile’ fixed wireless connectivity for more than a million Nigerians,” said Enoh T. Ebong, USTDA’s Director. “Through our Access Africa initiative, USTDA is connecting high-quality U.S. solutions to promote internet access in Nigeria and communities all across Africa.”
USTDA’s study will identify and select priority locations for deployments of 800 fixed wireless base stations to expand internet access across Nigeria. The study will also include a review of technology solutions, final design configurations and estimated pricing, an economic analysis, and recommended financing and implementation plans.
“Content Oasis has always worked towards a Nigeria where universal access to broadband Internet is possible,” said Diseye Isoun, the Founder of Content Oasis.
“This partnership with USTDA and its Access Africa initiative will allow us to leverage satellite technology to advance inclusive, secure, and sustainable connectivity across the country. Using data mining techniques, analysis and demographic data, we can choose economically viable locations to target the capital investments required when rolling out our networks.”
This project advances Access Africa, USTDA’s initiative to advance the development of inclusive, secure, and sustainable ICT infrastructure across Africa, and the U.S. government’s Prosper Africa initiative to substantially increase two-way trade and investment between the U.S. and Africa.