Committee submits report on telecoms reform

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Na’ankwat Dariem, Abuja

A template for the development of Nigeria’s telecommunications sector, the National Broadband Plan, NBP 2020-2025 has been presented to the Minister of Communications and Digital Economy in Nigeria, Dr. Isa Pantani.

The CEO of MainOne, Ms Funke Opeke who was the chair person of the committee, presented the report to the minister in Abuja, Nigeria’s capital.

The NBP is expected to provide the framework to boost broadband penetration from its present coverage of 37.8% to over 70% in the next five years, 2020 to 2025.

The Minister, while inaugurating the 25 member Broadband Plan Committee last year stated that the objective was to develop a new National Broadband Plan that would be the guiding template for the development of the country’s telecommunications sector.

“The members are enjoined to also examine the challenges with a view to proffering solutions thereto. They should also look at the position of growing and emerging technologies among others,’’ he said.

’’At the expiration of the 2013-2018 NBP, the country achieved a 37.8% broadband coverage above the 30 target, hence envisages an increase to 70% target which is hoped to help government fully achieve its digital economy agenda.’

According to the Minister, broadband penetration is key to achieving Nigeria’s digital economy drive.

Lateefah Ibrahim