Google Chairman, Eric Schmidt reportedly paid a short visit to Nigeria over the weekend to discuss how the country could adopt innovation and possibly solve the world’s most challenging problems.
During a courtesy call to the Governor of Lagos State, Babatunde Fashola, the Google chief accompanied by Jared Cohen, Google Ideas Director and Juliet Ehimuan, Country Manager of Google Nigeria, discussed ways that information and communications technology could drive growth in various sectors of the economy.
His visit to the Lagos State governor has raised curiosity over a possible collaboration around infrastructure as the State’s Commissioner for Works and Infrastructure, Dr Obafemi Hamzat and Commissioner for Science and Technology Mr Adebiyi Mabadeje were also in attendance during the visit.
While we’re not sure, it is possible that Google may be looking to partner with the Lagos State government in order to launch its ultra-fast broadband network called Google Fiber, which was first introduced in Kansas City last July, offering a 1 GB fiber network that delivers about 100 times faster than most residential broadband connections in the U.S.
Following on the efforts of Main One Cable, Glo 1, SAT3 and WASC which provide broadband services to operators, there’s no doubt that Nigeria needs more infrastructure to drive its broadband growth, and most importantly, broadband that could be available directly to residential homes, schools and organisations.
Google had earlier been linked to a partnership with Phase3 Telecom, Nigeria’s only aerial fibre optic company to build broadband network access point across Nigeria, an initiative aimed at providing easier and cheaper broadband access via Phase 3′s 10,000 points of presence spread across the country.
Since Schmidt’s visit to Nigeria was primarily to discuss how ICT could drive the country’s economy, it is likely that there were talks about building more infrastructure to drive the country’s broadband growth in the years to come.
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