Stakeholders in Nigeria’s Information and Communications Technology (ICT), have called on the Federal Government to improve the penetration of broadband in the country. According to the stakeholders, this will help to accelerate national development in Africa’s most populous country. With improved penetration, more people in the urban and rural areas of the country will be able to have access to broadband connection.
The group, which spoke under the aegis of Association of Telecommunications Companies of Nigeria (ATCON), said the country needs to drive broadband penetration due to its numerous benefits to the country’s economy.
Speaking on behalf of the group, Mr. Lanre Ajayi, the President of ATCON said broadband could “promote every sector of the Nigerian economy, from education, to health, agriculture, tourism, banking, telecommunications among others.”
Mr. Ajayi expressed worries that the country is not taking the deployment of broadband as seriously as it should. This, he said is contrary to what is obtainable in other countries of the world. Mr. Ajayi lamented the fact that some other African countries are ahead of Nigeria in terms of broadband penetration.
The ATCON President further stated that the current 10 percent broadband penetration in the country, including the 30 percent broadband penetration target by 2018, does not befit the status of a country like Nigeria as it will not be able to meet the increase in demand for broadband.
He therefore urged the government to release more spectrums for public auction, with specifics on the 2.6GHz spectrum that has been lying fallow.