Nigeria’s Backbone Connectivity Network (BCN) had started the Google Station Initiative at Wuse Market, Abuja, aimed at providing free public Wi-Fi service. The decision to bring Google Station to Nigeria was taken when the BCN’s Vice President visited the Google office at the Silicon Valley in October last year.
In order to support the wifi spots, a strong backbone network of fibre optic cables is required. BCN through Fleek Networks Limited, the Northwest Infraco licensee also have the plan to construct approximately 10,000 km fibre optic networks.
BCN will start the deployment in 2019. This network is designed to link about 200 Points of Access (PoA) across all local government areas in the seven Northwestern states of Jigawa, Kaduna, Kano, Katsina, Kebbi, Sokoto and Zamfara. This network would be integrated with BCN’s Tier III Data and co-location centre in Kaduna.
The Vice President of BCN said that his company’s plans are in compliance with the National Broadband Plan to increase broadband access in the country. Google station are launched in five countries and Nigeria was the first in Africa. Google teams were also in Mexico, India, Thailand, and Indonesia.
Currently, BCN owns and operates approx. 2,000 kilometers of fibre optic cables. BCN’s network serves telcos, network broadband carriers, Internet Service Providers (ISP’s), business enterprises and retail households.
BCN thinks that the hig-speed internet will have a great impact on society. BCN officials told that they are working with Google to activate more sites in Abuja and the Northern Region this year.