Nigeria’s second national operator (SNO) Globacom will today light the Enugu-Akwa leg of its national fibre-optic backbone, extending its reach into the south-eastern state of Enugu and completing a circuit with the states of Onitsha and Imo, which lie immediately south of Enugu. These two states were connected last month when stretches of the cable linking the cities of Awka, Onitsha and Owerri were lit. The new fibre is part of a system being built by Alcatel-Lucent which was begun late last year and will ultimately span 10,000km and link the cities of Warri, Port Harcourt, Aba, Umuahia, Owerri, Onitsha, Awka, Enugu, Oturkpo, Makurdi, Lafia, Ilorin, Jebba, Mokwa, Bida and Minna. The backbone is of the dense wave division multiplexing (DWDM) type and will enable Globacom to introduce triple-play high speed internet, TV and telephony services over a single broadband connection. The operator is also deploying 300,000 fixed lines across the same cities. Where complete, the fibre is already being used to backhaul traffic on Globacom’s mobile network.
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