The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has partnered with Nigerian WiMAX operator ipNX to bring broadband access to all 36 states in the country through the ‘State Accelerated Bandwidth Initiative’ (SABI). Ifeanyi Amah, executive director of ipNX, commented: ‘The move to empower Nigerians with broadband internet access started almost two years ago. Our intention is to take our products and services to other regions. Our commitment in that direction can be seen through our partnership with NCC on SABI.’
The project has been long-delayed, having been postponed because of government red tape and a lack of budget. According to TeleGeography’s GlobalComms database, at the start of 2009 three companies were given letters of intent from the NCC: ipNX, MTN and a Wi-Fi alliance of several ISPs. The first phase of the project will cover the 36 state capitals, before being extended to government buildings.