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Nigeria is well positioned to attract investments in data centers – NCC  

The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has said that the country is now well-positioned to attract a fair share of the multi-billion dollar global data centre market.  

The Executive Vice Chairman of the Commission, Prof Umar Danbatta stated this on Thursday in Lagos at the Telecoms Sector Sustainability Forum organised by Business Remarks.

According to him, by providing a reliable and secure environment for the services they offer within a well-nurtured policy and regulatory framework, Nigeria represents an attractive destination for more investment in data centre services and operations.

He added that the implication of such investments on jobs in the construction, operation, and maintenance of these data centres can only be imagined. 

Danbatta noted that Africa has recently assumed a new frontier and compelling destination for global Big Tech players.

These, he said, include Google’s Equiano subsea fibre cable spanning 15,000 km from Portugal to South Africa with strategic landing points in Nigeria and Namibia and expected to increase connectivity more than five-fold within Nigeria while creating an expected 1.6m jobs and Meta’s 2Africa subsea cable scheduled for launch next year and which connects 16 African countries. 

Danbatta, who was represented by the Head, of Tariff Administration, NCC, Dr. Sunday Atu, and spoke on the theme “Mainstreaming Data Centres in the Nigerian Digital Economy” said the Federal Government of Nigeria has taken laudable steps to encourage and support data centres services in the country in its drive to ensure data sovereignty.   

He added that the evolving primacy of data, encapsulated in the slogan – Data is the new oil – has continued to resonate globally with increasing intensity in the context of the emerging digital economy.

According to him, this is why it has become a subject of special consideration by regimes, requiring appropriate structures and frameworks to truly tap and optimize the opportunities provided by this new order.  

 

The NCC boss said the NCC recognised the place of Broadband infrastructure and technology in interconnectivity and its impact on national development, increased content, and social inclusion, adding that policy and regulatory initiatives had been geared towards public investment in broadband backbone networks through harmonization of RoW charges and the allocation of more spectrum for existing mobile and 5G technologies.  

Speaking earlier, the convener of the forum, Mrs. Bukola Olanrewaju, noted that data centres alongside fibre-optic broadband expansion and telecom towers are poised to become the new backbone of Africa’s economic growth.

She added that investing in these emerging digital infrastructures necessitates a profound understanding of local dynamics and forward-thinking perspectives.   

 

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