(Note: The following has been submitted as a guest post to CommScope Blogs by Ajiboye Emmanuel Opeyemi, Head of Engineering at ipNX Nigeria. Opinions and comments provided in this guest post, as with all posts to CommScope Blogs, are that of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of CommScope.)
Many of my global colleagues take their smartphones for granted. Some boast about the incredible photography tricks or artificial intelligence powered software. All the buzz around foldable 5G phones make it easy to forget that billions of people don’t have a smartphone. In Nigeria, 44 percent of adults own a basic mobile phone while 17 percent did not have any device, according to Statista.
While having a smartphone may sound like a luxury, mobile internet access is a key enabler for socio-economic development. The good news is smartphone adoption is poised for growth in the region as consumers are hungry for data and want coverage no matter what.
Nigeria’s first fiber to the home network
As Africa’s biggest economy experiences growth in non-oil sectors such as telecoms, we are seeing investment in broadband connectivity for the enterprise, small businesses and individuals.
Despite unique challenges, ipNX has been able to adapt its deployment methodology making it the first company to roll out FTTH in Nigeria. Check out this video to uncover how ipNX is connecting homes with fiber, tapping into CommScope’s innovative technologies.
We believe that the Chinese proverb, “Dig a well before you are thirsty,” holds the same truth for our business. If our region wants to be part of the connected future, it’s important to invest in fiber today.