What do you think about the ongoing Lagos State Internet fibre project?

The Lagos state government is currently constructing fibre optic infrastructure around the city. If you’ve been moving around a lot, you must have noticed some workers digging around the city.

The plan is to unify all telecom infrastructure in the city. This way, telcos will no longer have to lay fire cable ducts themselves, they will just have to lease from whoever is the constructor of such a project.

The state government handed the project to what seems to be two Internet shy companies. Messrs Western Telecommunications and Engineering Services Metro Limited which is surprising?

Meanwhile, countries like Russia and Kenya have already tried and failed, while Rwanda has not recorded stellar results from the initiative. You can read more here

What do you think?

Should this project have been given to the likes of MainOne, Glo or any other well-known company?
Will it really bring wider coverage faster connectivity?


I think the main reason is to generate revenue for the state.
A lot of people felt bad when some african countries started demanding tax from internet users. Today the situation is different due to the pandemic a lot of individuals are demanding for tax.
Its a strategy the Lagos state Govt. has employed to get back on its feet.

U sure they are not clearing blocked drainage sha…

Thats another twist to it too
but nahhhhh
i dont think so

I believe we can overlook the Internet shyness of the companies that the Lagos State government has engaged, in as much as they are competent enough to deliver which is key.
With this, a new entrant into the telecommunications industry won’t have to worry about its own infrastructure as it can just plug into the already available infrastructure. And this is definitely going to drive competition.

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It seems nice on paper. But there’s a history of distrust in our government and the possibility that major stakeholders were not carried along in the plan, does not sit right.

Also, when this same thing was done in Rwanda, it didn’t improve competition. The major telcos still dominated proceedings because of the high prices.

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Baba :joy:

Shouldn’t it be done with a bit more transparency?

I pretty agree with you here, i am a bit skeptic when the public sector especially in Nigeria engage in stuff which on a good day should be powered or pushed by the private sector …

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Egbon, shine ya eyes o, na lagos be this…transparency ko entanglement ni .

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The dude who wrote letters to resident worked at LASIMRA https://www.linkedin.com/in/bankole-dare-60273117/ before he became CEO of a duct company. - This is an insider project.

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@Adewale i think you guys should interview this fella abi bawo?

Over to @Eruskkii

Whoever is awarded the contract, the truth of the matter is, to lay our fibre optics cables underground, we don’t need to digg nor excavate anymore. There are cost effective and efficient technologies that’ll do that for us. Not even in Lagos with her traffic situations should we start closing roads partially or fully. In South Africa for example, this technology which I am talking about is being deployed and the company supplying these technologies are now on ground in Nigeria.

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If they are only building this infrastructure in order to lease cable space to the telcos it means that the size of duct in use cannot accommodate all the Telecom companies in Lagos .
They should come to Abuja and see how FCDA made this idea work , FCDA installed in some cases 8 way PVC duct , Very very large manholes, as in these manholes look small in the surface but very large in the inside . this is why Abuja is clean of fiber mess .

This 30mm abi na 35mm hdpe duct they are installing in Lagos will not work in the Long run , they will only get blocked by the same team pulling the fiber , yes because the fiber pulling teams in Nigeria instead of using cable blowing machines mostly resort to manual fiber pulling with staggers that can only go as far as 250m or even less , so they have to intercept these ducts at mid points , cut them and gain access in order to facilitate their manual cable pulling, after wards sand and water start to sip into these ducts over time and after experiencing multiple rainy season and multiple vendores riding into this ducts, the duct will become blocked and then you will now see the real mess.
Yes cos order cable pulling teams from other telcos will just start digging everywhere to intercept this ducts in the middle which will bring about erosion and roddents will also start finding access into these intercepted points wething manhole spans to hide in them to live inside them to have kids and to eat the cables inside them making restoration work for the maintenance engineers who restore the fiber break hard , cos the damage is inside the duct and then due to emergency and lack of use of fiber cable blowing machine or stagger long enough to reach the span of the manhole wethin which the rodent attack took place, maintenance team will only result to further intercepting these manhole spans in the muddle by digging and cutting the duct again to facilitate restoration work thereby further damaging this infrastructure .
For this to work they need to install 30cm pvc ducts (8way or 10 way fuxkcts) , ensure that manhole spans are not more that 150m each, ensure that depth that the duct is burried is about about 3m to 4m deep(that way maintenance team will be discouraged from digging to intercept duct in between manhole spans because the ducts are now too deep and they will waste all their restoration teme(MTTR mean time to restore ) trying to digg to intercept the duct.
Also they should not use concrete casted manholes cos people go around breaking them just to recover the iron rods inside them , they should use polymer manholes (MTN is planning to start using polymer manholes in the near future ).