The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) announced that it will commercialize some of its critical Information and Communications Technology (ICT) facilities to drive broadband penetration, in line with its plan to develop its commercial capabilities, Petroleum Africa reported.

As informed on Business Hilights, the infrastructure that’s planned to be commercialized covers over 960 km 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 Centers connecting all NNPC Depots and Pump Stations across the country.

NNPC’s Managing Director, Maikanti Baru, noted during a meeting with the Minister of Communications, Adebayo Shittu, “Our look-ahead plan is to commercialize our Fibre-Optics Cable Network utilizing NNPC pipeline Right of Way that cuts across the entire country.”

The NNPC released a statement expressing that NNPC will assist the Ministry of Communications in the delivery of the National Strategy and Roadmap Agenda, which intends to increase broadband penetration from 6% to 30% by 2020.