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Nigeria: Main One, Phase3 Telecom Partner On Broadband Access

Two West Africa fibre optic infrastructure companies, Main One and Phase3 Telecom, have created connectivity edge that gives oil companies in Port-Harcourt as well as other organisations in Rivers State, an enhanced broadband access.

Their Broadband Expansion Project officially commenced in February, this year. Both companies recently commenced an awareness campaign in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, where they both emphasised the importance of their unique fibre optic networks. Phase3 Telecom has in recent times been emphasising the Open Access Network as a model that would help enhance reliable and affordable high speed broadband connectivity and has taken steps under a private sector framework to align with Main One to achieve it.

According to CEO of Phase3 Telecom, Mr. Stanley Jegede, "We want to implement an Open Access Model in Rivers State so that her indigenes can plug into the global knowledge grid. A well connected society stays competitive on the leading edge of development."

As a major step towards making robust and reliable broadband capacities available to businesses in Port Harcourt, Main One, in partnership with Phase3 Telecom, has commenced provision of Open Access Broadband Services to the oil companies in Port-Harcourt, he said.

The Main One - Phase3 Telecom fibre optic network infrastructure is a private sector initiative that promotes a unique Open Access Model for improved broadband delivery in the country. Phase3 Telecom is bringing an extensive coverage strength that enables the Main One - Phase3 Telecom fibre network to reach to offices that need to have their branches linked out of Port Harcourt city. The partnership provides great opportunity for government Ministries, Department and Agencies (MDAs) to leverage on the unique fibre network presented by the Phase3 Telecom in partnership with Main One to enhance broadband connectivity in and out of Port Harcourt City.

CEO, Main One, Ms. Funke Opeke, stated at a recent awareness event in Port Harcourt that "The oil sector is unique because it is very dependent on information technology and connectivity. Those we served have used it to transact business at the right time, real time, exchanging highly technical information to get their business done. We are prepared to engineer our services and deliver value to our customers. We are also affordable. We will help the oil and gas services deepen their operations in the Port Harcourt area and continue to grow."

She added that Main One would deliver high quality and very reliable connectivity solutions. The solutions are engineered to meet specific connectivity needs of customers and the partnership is prepared to embark, extend and deliver services to customers and manage those services to deliver a high degree of reliability. Main One provides commercial guarantee to back up the brand promise, Opeke said.

At the event, the Head of Business Solutions and Sales at Phase3 Telecom, Mr. Otuya Okecha, said: "Just imagine if the Nigerian government decides to set up an efficient eGovernment platform that enables people to fill government forms online instead of using printed papers, this will stir up a demand for e-government transactions, a demand that the Main One - Phase3 Telecom unique fibre infrastructure can adequately address."

He said all MDA's would benefit from the tremendous bandwidth opportunities available on the open access network, adding that the unique connectivity edge that Main One and Phase3 Telecom fibre network infrastructure offers can help enhance eLearning opportunities for educational institutions in Port Harcourt as well as meet the bandwidth connectivity requirements of multinational oil companies. He emphasised that Phase3 Telecom had already demonstrated its backbone connectivity strengths in recent times coupled with a strong after sales support service by providing bulk bandwidth to key mobile network operators, Internet Service Providers (ISPs), MDAs, financial, and tertiary institutions in the country.

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