VDT Optimistic Nigeria Will Achieve 90% Broadband Coverage

VDT Communications, provider of end-to-end IP-based data and voice communications services across the 36 states of the country, has assured the federal government that industry players will work towards ensuring that the country’s target of 90 per cent broadband coverage by 2025.

Nigeria’s broadband plan seeks to deliver data download speeds across Nigeria at a minimum of 25Mbps in urban areas, and 10Mbps in rural areas, with effective coverage available to at least 90 per cent of the population and landmass penetration rate of 70 per cent by 2025 at a price not more than N390 per 1GB of data.

Group Managing Director of VDT, Mr. Biodun Omoniyi, gave the assurance in Lagos, at a media event held at the weekend to announce the company’s 20th anniversary celebration.

According to Omoniyi, VDT through its connectivity services for enterprise and retail customers, would be able to connect more people and organisations, thereby contributing its quota towards achieving Nigeria’s broadband plan.

According to him, “VDT provides services such as enterprise connectivity and corporate internet to all parts of Nigeria via national carrier backbone. Retail Service; 4G LTE Broadband internet service; SME and APN Services among others. VDT Communications successfully scaled our service infrastructure to 99.9 per cent uptime since 2015. We now generally guarantee 99.999 per cent service availability through the use of multiple carrier trunks while maintaining low latency, that will help Nigeria achieve its broadband penetration target.”

“As we mark our 20th anniversary, we look back with pride and thank God almighty for all that we have been able to achieve even in the midst of tough challenges,” Omoniyi said.
“We might not have reached the symbolic 1000 miles yet, however, we have come very far from where we started.

“With all this in place coupled with continual innovation and development, the stage is set for VDT to continue to play the leading role in the Nigeria telecom industry and provide premium quality service to our customers.

“This is imperative even as major revolutions in the telecommunication industry like the 5G, IoT, AI and the Big Data, unfold in our presence,” Omoniyi added.

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