FG targets 50 broadband penetration by 2023
The Civil government says it has set an ambitious plan to attain 50 broadband penetration by 2023.
It said this is critical because ubiquitous broadband penetration is crucial to attaining digital frugality in Nigeria.
The Minister of Dispatches and Digital Economy,Prof. Isa Ali Ibrahim( Pantami) bared this at the National Strategic rallying for the fruition of National Broadband target of 70 conference and Exhibition organised by the Association of Telecommunications Companies of Nigeria, ATCON in Abuja at the weekend.
The Minister, who was represented by the Deputy Chairman of the National Broadband Plan Initiative, Mallam Abdul Gambo Usman said the 2020- 2025 Broadband Plan was precisely designed to cover 90 of Nigerian population by 2025 at a price not further than 390 naira per Gigabyte.
Pantami said his confidence was depended on the83.65 of 3G and 62 of 4G networks penetration so far in the country to realize the set thing.
To achieve this ideal, the minister said what’s needed is community among stakeholders at original, state and civil government situations.
‘’ Nigeria has set out ambitious plan to consolidate broadband penetration. The broadband plan will support the growth of digital frugality, this will also ameliorate socio- profitable development of the country.
‘’ Government recognizes the relinquishment ofmulti-sectoral approach being stationed by service providers. All hands must be on sundeck to produce access now the sector is loftiest contributor to the GDP and fastest growing sector in the frugality ’
The sector had reported 42 broadband penetration as at Q1 2022, though dropped to 39 in the followingQ.
Haven attained this feat, the Minister said the government isn’t ignorant of the current challenges that are hindering development in the sector, ranging from- Instability and vandalization of telecom structure, lack of domestic access to capital, insufficiency in power force; unpredictable and unstable oil painting request, multiple taxation and regulation, among others.
These according to him, is greatly rained by the obsession of state and Original Governments ’ for short term duty benefit.
‘’ The tech space is fast expanding with IT ande-Commerce. still, this instigation needs to be sustained. Multiple taxation and regulation are posing peril to sector growth. This has hindered structure development.
‘’ ‘ Drivers are discouraged with these practices and this farther deplete structure growth. For a sector that contributed12.55 to GDP in Q4 2021 and$ 80bn aggregate investment, this presents a challenge in balancing network demand, universal and original service scores, ’’ he added.
He still said the ministry is presently engaging colorful organs of government and colorful state governments in order not to ail the set target.
Pantami also informed that intervention to harmonize Right of Way categorization of technology structure and review by the Office of the National Security Adviser to the President was ongoing.
He further emphasized the need for indigenization of structure, which he said would encourage original originators, induce employment, reduce capital flight and brain drain.
In his reflections, the Administrative Vice Chairman of the Nigeria Dispatches Commission, NCC,Prof. Umar Garba Danbatta, said Nigeria with over 200 million population and the largest telecom request in Africa has the implicit to contend with China
Prof. Danbatta said telecom sector demanded more combined attention to meet its accreditation to Nigerians and to achieve the planned satellite services content were necessary. This, he said is to attack utmost of the challenges in the sector, specifically on land.
To insure success, the NCC EVC said the Commission had granted functional service license to foreign satellite companies and drivers to round NIGCOMSAT operation.
before in his opening reflections, the President of ATCON, Eng. Ikechukwu Nnamani who ate guests and confided the turnout said stakeholders in the sector must work together and assiduously to harmonise sweats to move the sector forward and appear the target of the National Broadband plan.
He prompted actors to be sincere in their benefactions and called for community among stakeholders to appear the set target.
Nnamani said one of the major challenge hampering the trouble is that utmost stakeholders in the sector had been working in silos and claimed that all hands must on sundeck to appear the dream.