Minister of Communications, Innovations, and Digital Economy, Bosun Tijani, has stated that laying fiber optic cables across Nigeria would require an estimated $2 billion.
During an interview on Channels Television’s Politics Today, he mentioned the existence of the Fifth-Generation (5G) network in Nigeria but emphasized that the supporting infrastructure is not widespread.
Tijani disclosed plans to extend fiber optic coverage from the current 35-40 kilometers to 95,000 kilometers, estimating a cost of approximately $1.5 billion to $2 billion for the entire wiring project.
The minister expressed the government’s ambition to connect essential facilities like schools and hospitals to enhance public service delivery. Additionally, Tijani is working on designating telecoms infrastructure as critical national assets to prevent vandalism.