The federal authorities, the Affiliation of Telecommunications Corporations of Nigeria (ATCON) and different stakeholders within the telecoms trade have intensified efforts to hit the goal of over 70 per cent broadband penetration in Nigeria by 2025.
This was the main focus of a convention organised by ATCON aimed toward Nationwide Strategic Mobilisation for the Actualisation of the Nationwide Broadband Goal of 70 per cent with the theme “Realising the brand new set goal of 70 per cent Broadband Penetration”.
Talking through the convention in Abuja, the chief vice chairman of the Nigerian Communications Fee (NCC) Prof Garba Umar Dambatta in his presentation mentioned that Nigeria has one of many largest telecom markets in Africa with an estimated inhabitants of over 200 million individuals.
He mentioned that though the penetration is economically very difficult, it’s an attention-grabbing asset to draw international direct funding to the Telecommunication trade.
“Due to this fact, enabling full connectivity and broadband entry for at least 70 per cent of the quickly rising inhabitants is a imaginative and prescient/goal that the Nigerian Nationwide Broadband plan (NNBP) seeks to attain and surpass inside the time-frame of yr 2020 – 2025,” he mentioned.
On the launch of the NNBP in 2020, the Broadband penetration, which was largely pushed by cell know-how, was barely beneath 40 per cent. By December 2020, penetration of 45.93 per cent had been attained. As at April 2022, the penetration stands at 42.79 per cent.
In line with the NCC boss, the explanations for fluctuation are fairly apparent and that knowledgeable the strategic initiatives of the Fee to deepen the penetration of mounted broadband infrastructure which can assure very regular broadband companies and supply increased capability.
ATCON President, Engr. Ikechukwu Nnamani mentioned the strategic aims of the occasion are to enrich the varied strategic actions already embarked upon by the Ministry of Communications and Digital Economic system and all of the companies below the ministry to attain the set goal of Broadband penetration in Nigeria with nice pace.
He mentioned additionally that it’s to leverage on the huge spectrum of ATCON’ sub-groups for efficient participation within the new Nigerian Nationwide Broadband Plan 2020-2025 by giving them the chance to entry the plan and recommend varied methods to hurry up the realisation of the established goal by the federal government and likewise function a veritable platform to galvanise the wanted enter that replicate the considering of the telecom and ICT sector.
Lagos State Governor Babajide Sanwolu in his remarks mentioned the Nationwide Broadband plan aligns with and is important to his administration’s T.H.E.M.E.S agenda. He added that the NNPB doesn’t join solely with the Making Lagos State a twenty first Century Economic system however resonates with all the opposite pillars understanding absolutely that know-how is an enabler and cuts throughout all sectors.
“The affect on the Training and Know-how pillar can’t be quantified, which is why as a part of our metro sensible metropolis initiative, we’ve undertaken to attach colleges and better instructional establishments to the web. We now have to this point related hundred public colleges,” he mentioned.
On fibre infrastructure, he mentioned that his authorities has launched into the deployment of Excessive Density Duct pipes in the direction of attaining its major aims of making a know-how enabled and sustainable sensible metropolis.