By Adeyemi Adepetun, The Guardian

LAGOS and about 60 other cities in the North Central zone of Nigeria are on the verge of having improved broadband services, going by the planned push by the licensed Infrastructure Companies (InfraCos).

MainOne Cable is in charge of Lagos and IHS is focusing on the North Central states of the country and Abuja.

MainOne, which landed a submarine cable in the country, about four years ago and recently unveiled a Tier III data centre in Lagos, will provide InfraCo service to about 20 million people in the state.

Analysts believed that Lagos offers huge investment returns because it is the commercial capital of Nigeria, where expansive and affordable broadband access would impact significantly on more than 12 per cent of the population and nearly 60 per cent value of corporate Nigeria.

IHS, which operates about 22,000 towers across Africa in sharing deal, has been licensed by the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) to focus on states including Benue; Kogi; Kwara; Nassarawa; Niger; Plateau and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Abuja.

A source privy to the development, told The Guardian at the weekend, that IHS will first of all focus on the cosmopolitan areas in the region it won.

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