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Calabar becomes Nigeria's first digital city

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Staff writer ▼ | January 12, 2015
Calabar, the capital of south eastern Cross River State has become Nigeria's first digital city following the successful installation of its metropolitan dark fibre optic network infrastructure.
Tech in Africa   The installation of fibre optic network infrastructure
The smart city initiative had been championed by the Ministry of Communications Technology last year as a way to kickstart Nigeria's evolution plan of becoming a full-fledged digital economy.

The coastal state achieved this feat via a partnership with telecommunications giant MTN. The mobile operator oversaw the laying of extensive infrastructure comprising 120km of 96 core fibre cables and open access ducts spanning the entire city of Calabar.

With this accomplishment, Calabar has become the most comprehensively wired city for voice, data and video telecommunications and various technology driven services in the country. This is an enabling foundation for the growth of all forms of socio-economic advancements that ride on telecommunication technologies.

According to Odo Effiong, Special Adviser to Governor Liyel Imoke for Communications Technology Development, the infrastructure would not only facilitate improved telecommunication services but, in the long run, introduce a variety of technology driven services including access to information on tourism, security, transportation, education, health care, and other social services.

Calabar has made several histories in its existence. Currently, it is reputed around the world to be Nigeria's cleanest city and carnival capital. It's tourism potentials are matchless anywhere else in Africa's largest economy and the state government's investment in harnessing these possibilities are representative of a forward-thinking approach to governance.