Microsoft has announced a partnership with West Africa’s pioneer solar-based internet service provider, Tizeti. According to the announcement, the collaboration’s motivation is to stimulate economic activities, empower Nigerians, and widen the broadband envelope in Africa with affordable access to high-speed internet. The inked deal will see the two companies roll out high-speed airband internet infrastructure in Oyo State, Nigeria.
The two entities reported that millions of Nigerians are still excluded from the global digital economy, which, according to their report, was reflected in a December 2021 report. In addition, their statement accounted that there was only 40 per cent broadband penetration in the country.
The Microsoft Airband Initiative will allow the collab to leverage the initiative’s low-cost wireless technologies to ensure that people in underserved communities can access broadband at a lower cost and be connected to the digital economy.
In a remark regarding the partnership, Kendall Ananya, the Chief Executive Officer of Tizeti, said, “the collaboration with Microsoft complements Tizeti’s existing initiative in Oyo State and will lay a foundation for the large population of vibrant, young people in Oyo State to thrive in the digital ecosystem.”
“We are thrilled to have secured this deal with Microsoft on the Airband Initiative. It speaks to our mandate of bringing reliable and affordable internet to Nigerians in a remote setting that would have otherwise not been able to have access to broadband,” added Ananya.
Adding to the comment is Vickie Robinson, the Microsoft Airband General Manager, who noted that “with the digital world increasing at a rapid rate, communities need reliable, affordable internet access. This is why Microsoft is working with providers such as Tizeti. Such partnerships are there to ensure that the connection opportunities reach the most remote areas in order to close the global digital divide.”
Microsoft Airband Initiative is an initiative that focuses on advancing digital equity access to affordable internet, devices and skills as a form of digital transformation empowerment across the world.