Fiber-Optics Cable Network utilizing NNPC pipeline to be commercialized so as to provide backbone carriage for broadband penetration and 52 remote VSAT stations nationwide.
Consistent with its endeavor to re-focus the Corporation as a commercially feasible entity, the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) will commercialize some of its critical Information Communications & Technology (ICT) infrastructure.
The infrastructure include the over 960km of Fiber Optic Cable laid between Lagos-Benin and Warri to Kaduna on the NNPC Pipeline Right of Way; 52 remote VSAT stations nationwide and 2 Network Centres connecting all NNPC Depots and Pump Stations across the country.
Dr. Maikanti Baru, Group Managing Director of the Corporation said, “Our look-ahead plan is to commercialize our Fiber-Optics Cable Network utilizing NNPC pipeline Right of Way that cuts across the entire country. Some of the benefits of this initiative include the opportunity to provide backbone carriage to meet the National 2020 Plan for broadband penetration in the country. We are committed to supporting the Ministry of Communications to realize its ICT dreams which will not only ensure effective governance and service delivery in the country, but will also make life easier for Nigerians.”
The National Strategy and Roadmap Agenda intends to increase broadband penetration from 6% to 30% by 2020. The NNPC had already re-strategized its ICT initiatives towards making it a focus for faultless, efficient and value-adding operations nationwide.
The NNPC also features a Data Centre Facility that holds all its Data, Information and business solutions such as the Systems Applications & Products (SAP), E-mail services, collaboration solutions and specialized applications for the fuel industry.
The GMD was extolled for “bringing a new lease of life to the NNPC” through reforms that were in line with President Muhammadu Buhari’s change schedule for the country.
The NNPC was called on to support some of its initiatives such as the proposed ICT University, the reforms in Nigeria Communication Satellite (NIGCOMSAT), the Nigerian Postal Service (NIPOST) bank and Transport Company as well as the proposed ICT Park & Exhibition Centre. PWKD18042017