Commission collaborates with Galaxy Backbone on broadband deployment

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By Na’ankwat Dariem

The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has pledged its commitment to strengthening collaborations with Galaxy Backbone Limited towards broadband deployment and deepening connectivity for businesses and public institutions in the country.

The Executive Vice Chairman, NCC, Professor Garba Danbatta who led a team of Management staff on a visit to Galaxy Backbone also embarked on a tour of a Tier III to National Data Centre built by Galaxy Backbone in Abuja, Nigeria’s capital.

The visit is also expected to strengthen inter-agency synergy.

Professor Danbatta says the Commission has so far facilitated the building of 42,000 kilometer of fibre links across Nigeria inclusive of some 4,000 kilometre built by Galaxy Backbone, licensed by the NCC.

He explained that while the Federal Government plans to achieve 127,000 kilometre of fibre across the country in its Next Level agenda, the licensing of Infrastructure Companies (InfraCos) and the capital expenditure (CAPEX) are to be carried out through counterpart funding by the Commission through Public Private Partnership, would create additional 30,000 kilometre of fibre, bringing to a total 72,000 kilometre fibre laid in the country in the next four years.

Danbatta stated  that counterpart funding would be provided by the Commission to InfraCo licensees upon attainment of deployment milestones in their respective geo-political zones, “the InfraCo project is a project of profound transformational significance and we are positive that the role being played by Galaxy Backbone in fibre deployment and other infrastructure build will complement the Commission’s efforts towards fast-tracking the achievement of the target of 127,000 kilometre of fibre by the current administration,”he said.

The Executive Vice Chairman who reiterated the commitment of the Commission in ensuring pervasive broadband availability, accessibility and affordability in the country, affirmed that the visit to Galaxy Backbone was conceived in the spirit of increased synergy among the various agencies under the Ministry of Communications.

The Chief Executive Officer, Galaxy Backbone Mr. Yusuf Kazaure who conducted the NCC team to strategic locations within the Data Centre Facility, including the Network Operating Centre (NOC), National Shred Services Centre (NSSC), Telepresence Room, Data Centre Room and the Power Room, appreciated the Commission for the visit, saying it is timely and promising.

As Galaxy Backbone, it is a visit we have been yearning for. It is for us to create a synergy as industry agencies towards achieving the mandate of the Ministry of Communications on digital transformation, “ he explained.

Kazaure also said the Data Centre was a world-class infrastructure of 128 rack spaces, scalable to 512 racks with the latest ISO 2000 certification and manned by well-trained data centre experts to ensure reliability and efficient services.

Galaxy Backbone has uptime certified Tier III Datacenter within the nation’s public sector. Our primary datacenter is located in Abuja and a secondary datacenter of the same standard in Enugu,”he stated.

He adds that their aim is to invest in technology infrastructure across the nation to create robust platform that offers services such as collocation of servers; cloud back-up, cloud storage, virtual machine, disaster recovery, web hosting and content management and security in line with our licensing obligations.

Lateefah Ibrahim