The Federal Government of Nigeria estimates that approximately N1.9 trillion ($2 billion) will be required to deploy fiber optics cables across the country to enable seamless accessibility to 5G networks.
The Minister of Communications, Innovations, and Digital Economy, Bosun Tijani, revealed this during a television program, noting that although 5G network technology is operational in Nigeria, the supporting infrastructure is not yet widespread.
Tijani stated that the government aims to invest in expanding fiber optics coverage from the current 35 to 40 kilometers to 95,000 kilometers, with an estimated cost of $1.5 billion to $2 billion.
“We do in some places,” Tijiani responded when asked whether Nigeria already had 5G in operation.
“The infrastructure that drives 5G is not something that is across the nation.
“So, if you subscribe to 5G and you move into locations where the infrastructure cannot support it, of course, the quality will drop. 5G exists in Nigeria and there are telcos with the licence,” the minister said.
The Minister of Communications, Innovations, and Digital Economy, Bosun Tijani, highlighted the Federal government’s efforts to expand the deployment of fiber optics cables in Nigeria.
Currently covering approximately 35 to 40 kilometers, the government aims to extend the network to 95,000 kilometers, with an estimated cost ranging from $1.5 billion to $2 billion.
Tijani expressed optimism that under his leadership, the Communication Ministry could achieve the goal of wiring Nigeria for 5G stabilization within the first four years of President Bola Tinubu’s administration.
The initiative focuses on installing fiber connections to interconnect government buildings, hospitals, schools, and other critical locations, aiming to enhance the delivery of public services.