The Federal Government on Thursday said that plans are underway to ensure that Nigeria meets its 30 percent broadband penetration target by year 2018.
Professor Umaru Danbata, Executive Vice Chairman of Nigeria Communication Commission (NCC), who gave the assurance said the team at the nation’s telecoms regulatory agency is expediting actions to ensure the broadband target is fully realised.
Danbata, who was represented by Mr Tony Ojobo, Director of Public Affairs at NCC, told the eWorld Forum held in Lagos that various initiatives have been outlined which he believe will contribute to achieving this objective.
The telecoms regulatory chief believes that broadband is getting global attention as the next big thing that will not only drive communications, but the global economy of the future. In his view, broadband also occupies a very prominent space for the future of either bridging the digital divide or enlarging the digital inclusion.
”We are in a hurry to catch up with this desirable objective and therefore putting every effort on the table to ensure that we succeed”, Danbata said in one of the key outcomes at the e-World Forum organized in Lagos to focus on expanding the Nigeria’s digital frontier.
Broadband penetration in Nigeria is estimated to have about 10 percent broadband, a position seen as far from the 30 percent target proposed in 2013 by the National Broadband Plan developed to promote nationwide spread of high-speed Internet services.
The ALTON Chairman wants Nigeria to take a cue from the recent Brussel attack in Belgium where the identity of perpetrators of the attackers have been seen because they have the infrastructure and it was protected.
”The unfortunate incident in Belgium, if you follow the story, the picture of the bombers has been gotten. Why? This is because they have an infrastructure that have been protected”, Adebayo told the forum.
He however invite the media to play a vital role of propagating good contents about the telecoms sector noting that ”nobody can report about the sector expect the media”
According to him, ”we understand the powers of the pen and we know that the media will stand to be counted when we discuss the progress made in this industry. We therefore will continue to count on the media for the support”.
In his intervention, Dr Emmanuel Ekuwem, Chairman of Teledom International asked government to focus on capacity-building in human capital growth, supply chain development and partnership with local organizations and businesses for talent and infrastructure development and support.
He believe that Nigeria has got the required skills and talent to be function better than their foreign counterpart when their services are engaged in any field of endevours
”For Nigerians, that means hiring local staff and have Nigerian leaders provide development opportunities to Nigerian SMEs”, he said.
”There is no software that runs on any device that cannot be developed by our indigenous companies”, Ekuwem added.