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UnICC EUE - University Inter Campus Connectivity End User Electronics

The UnICC End User is the secondary project to the UnICC OFC project designed to seamlessly connect the networks of the main campuses of selected universities to the networks of their corresponding medical colleges and teaching hospitals by utilizing the UnICC OFC project of deployed infrastructure fibre optic cable and its associated equipment and provisioning of UnICC End-User Equipment. The provision of equipment enhances the usefulness of the project and encourages the universities to maintain the infrastructure thus guaranteeing the sustainability of the two projects (OFC & End-User Electronics).The UnICC project facilitates research, collaboration and enhancement of education and digital lifestyle in the Universities and tertiary institutions.

Electronic last mile user-devices including video conferencing system, CCTV system, smart classroom, data centers and IP telephone systems will be installed at the institutions.

BAP - Bandwidth Aggregation Project

The USPF has over the years implemented projects and provided grants to enable access to basic ICT- enabled learning tools in schools and Public Access Venues (PAV) across the country under its School Knowledge Centre (SKC), Tertiary Institutions Knowledge Centre TIKC, Community Resource Centre (CRC), University Inter-Campus Connectivity (UnICC), Stakeholder Initiative Projects (SIP) and other USPF assisted projects. In order to sustain the above projects and ensure that their objectives are realised, the USPF provides additional support in form of bandwidth connectivity for some of the projects.

The main objective of the bandwidth aggregation is to provide, deploy and manage internet bandwidth for selected USPF projects. Also, the project will enable the USPF have a common and visible connectivity platform for all projects that requires bandwidth connectivity.

UnICC OFC - University Inter Campus Connectivity Optic Fibre Cable

The UnICC is a support project to the National Universities Commissions’ Nigerian Research and Education Network (NgREN) project and its main objective is to deliver broadband infrastructure and access to facilitate research and learning using state of the art technology.

The UnICC Project was therefore, designed to seamlessly connect the networks of the main campuses of selected universities to the networks of their corresponding medical colleges and teaching hospitals through the deployment of fibre optic cable and its associated equipment. There are two approaches to the implementation of the project:

I. Wireless Satellite Broadband and Optic Fibre interconnectivity between Universities and their corresponding Colleges of Medicine/Teaching Hospitals.

II. Wireless Satellite Broadband and Optic Fibre interconnectivity between main campus of Universities and Annex Campus systems installed at the institutions.

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RUBI - Rural Broadband Initiative

Through the RUBI project, the USPF provides subsidies to operators for the deployment of network to support the establishment of core delivery mechanisms for broadband services in the rural/semi-urban areas of Nigeria.

Currently, the pilot wireless mobile broadband hotspots are being constructed across the country.  This project provides both wired and wireless internet at high speed in the rural areas at wholesale, and at the same time serves as a catalyst for the uptake of other broadband-dependent projects in those locations such as e-library, e-health, e-government etc.

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Accelerated Mobile Phone Expansion (BTS)

The objective of this programme shall be to subsidise the deployment of Base Transceiver Stations (BTS) and other passive infrastructure in underserved and un-served communities in Nigeria in order to achieve 100% coverage of Local Government area in Nigeria and reduce the proportion of underserved LGAs across the country. This infrastructure will be expected to support the extension of voice services to un-served and underserved areas.

The programme will run through 2018 – 2022 and is expected to result in an increase in voice coverage of Nigeria’s inhabited land mass with basic telephony services in 2022 through a review (very high level technical collaboration) of identified BTS gaps alongside respective service providers. Most of the already identified gaps (BTS) may not necessarily be technically feasible/in line with the service providers business models in the face available high capacity BTS-2-2.75G and E- Nodes 3G with lesser hops and better optimizations capability in deployment by the service providers.

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