The Minister of Communications, Innovations, and Digital Economy, Bosun Tijani has confirmed the presence of infrastructure that supports advanced technologies, including the Fifth-Generation (5G) network, in Nigeria.
However, Tijani revealed during an interview on Channels Television’s “Politics Today” programme that 5G is not yet available in every part of the country.
According to him, a seamless experience of the network nationwide will cost around $2 billion to wire the entire country.
He assured that the government is actively working to increase the number of kilometres of fibre optics cables in Nigeria and aims to connect schools, hospitals, government offices, and other critical locations with optical cable.
The Minister stressed that he is fully committed to achieving the goal of wiring the entire country and is taking all necessary steps to make it a reality.
“We do in some places. 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.
“We are about 35 to 40 kilometres right now and the goal is to get to 95,000 km. It’s going to cost us roughly about $1.5bn to $2bn to wire the entire of Nigeria because once we can do this, we will start to see changes in the delivery of public services.”