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Nigeria’s Edo State Governor Godwin Obaseki has revealed that MainOne and Facebook have invested USD 20 Mn for the development of terrestrial fiber infrastructure in Edo state.
The governor disclosed this while in Dubai where he had gone to attend the ninth edition of the Annual Investment Meeting (AIM), themed, “Mapping the Future of Foreign Direct Investment: Enriching World Economies through Digital Globalization.”
While speaking to the press, Obaseki said Edo state was being placed to be the digital hub for the South South geo-political zone. “Today, we have an innovation hub, we are partnering with technology companies. But what is even more important is that we are working with Facebook and MainOne.”
“We are constructing about 400 kilometers of fiber in Edo as we speak. In the next couple of months, it should be ready for commissioning.”
Facebook has partnered with Kenyan firm, BRCK, to provide affordable internet to poor Kenyans in under connected and unconnected regions.
Facebook has been partnering with different local network providers in different parts of the world in an attempt to increase access to internet.
True to its new mission ‘Bringing the world closer together’ the company has been making moves to bring people together. Mike Zuckerberg changed Facebook’s mission in 2017 and he stated that connecting people is not enough.
He said,“For 10 years, we focused on doing everything around connecting people with their friends and family,” Zuckerberg said. “Now I think that there is a whole lot of similar work to be done around communities: Meeting new people, getting exposed to new perspectives, making it so that the communities that you join online can translate to the physical world, too.”
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