NIGERIA – Microsoft, an American multinational technology corporation has partnered with Tizeti, a solar-based internet service provider in West Africa to boost internet speed and access in Nigeria.
Tizeti is a fast-growing Wireless Internet service provider in Lagos, Nigeria, delivering high-speed unlimited Wi-Fi Internet access to residential and business customers using wide-area Wi-Fi.
Its services are available in Lagos, Ogun, Oyo, and Rivers States. It is also expanding rapidly to other African countries, with successful launches in Accra and Tema, Ghana.
Nigeria had only forty percent broadband penetration by December 2021, excluding millions of its population from the global digital economy.
Through the Microsoft Airband Initiative, Tizeti and Microsoft will leverage its low-cost wireless technologies to make it easier and cheaper for people, especially those in underserved communities, to access the internet and get connected to the digital economy.
The Airband initiative supports Microsoft’s and Tizeti’s shared goal of connecting more people to the internet in a cost-efficient way, starting with Oyo State.
Tizeti recently launched its fixed wireless network in Oyo State, South-West Nigeria, to provide significant opportunities for cities in Oyo State that lacked sufficient broadband infrastructure.
The collaboration will complement Tizeti’s existing initiative in Oyo State and lay a foundation for a robust and thriving digital ecosystem for the large population of vibrant, young people in Oyo State.
“We are happy to work with Microsoft on the Airband Initiative as it extends our mission of bringing affordable and reliable internet to more Nigerians outside the digital envelope,” said Kendall Ananyi, CEO Tizeti.
According to Microsoft Airband General Manager, Vickie Robinson communities need reliable, affordable internet access in the increasingly digital world.
“That’s why Microsoft is working with providers like Tizeti to connect the unconnected, expand opportunity, and close the global digital divide,” said Vickie Robinson.”
Microsoft’s Airband Initiative is focused on advancing digital equity, access to affordable internet, affordable devices, and digital skills, as a platform for empowerment and digital transformation across the world.
For many countries in Africa, there is still a huge digital divide. This boundary between connected and unconnected translates into clear consequences for employment, education, family and social life, and access to information.
Partnerships such as this play a significant role in addressing the digital infrastructure deficits in emerging economies, leveraging innovative technology and capabilities, to improve development outcomes for millions of people.
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