Meta Platforms Inc. has announced plans to deploy two new submarine fibre optic cables in Nigeria by the end of November 2022. The cables will land in Lagos and Akwa Ibom, helping to boost internet connectivity and digital infrastructure in Africa’s largest economy.
According to Abdullahi Kashifu, Director General of Nigeria’s National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA), the submarine cables are part of the Nigerian government’s strategy to improve broadband penetration and digital inclusion nationwide. The cables will support Meta’s efforts to advance technology innovation and economic development in Nigeria.
The new submarine cables follow Meta’s previous investments in Nigerian connectivity infrastructure. In April 2022, the tech giant supported the landing of the 12,000-kilometre Equiano cable, which has added significant internet capacity to the region.
Meta’s Vice President of Public Policy for Africa, Kojo Boakye, met with Nigeria’s Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives, Benjamin Kalu, on November 15, 2022, to discuss the anticipated benefits of the new submarine cables. Kalu praised Meta’s contributions to Nigeria’s digital economy and expressed optimism about the cables advancing digital transformation.
Improved internet connectivity will support digital adoption among consumers and businesses in Nigeria. Affordable, high-speed broadband will enable more Nigerians to access digital finance, e-commerce, remote work, and online education opportunities.
The submarine cable deployment reflects Meta’s broader investments in African internet infrastructure and economic empowerment. With more Nigerians gaining broadband access, Meta can increase its user base and work with partners to build a more inclusive digital economy.