Nigeria: NCC Urges Federal Government To Review National Broadband Plan
Telecoms operators and The Nigerian Communication Commission (NCC) have called on the government to re-look at the National Broadband Plan, which expired in December 2018.
The National Broadband Plan 2013-2018 had penetration goals for mobile and fixed broadband.
Nigeria achieved the target of 30 percent broadband penetration rate by December 2018 that had been set in the 2013 plan. Having achieved this goal, industry stakeholders are now insisting that the broadband plan needs to be reviewed, in order to lay down new and higher targets for the sector.
Gbenga Adebayo, the Chairman of the Association of Licensed Telecoms Operators of Nigeria (ALTON), said that a review was necessary for the purpose of allowing the government to pay attention to the growing demand for broadband access. Adebayo said that the government should increase broadband penetration to 50 percent by year-end in order for Nigeria to be completely digitised in 2019, and then up to 80 percent by 2020, when the roll-out of 5G is expected.
The NCC released a statement saying that Nigeria cannot afford to slow down the momentum. The statement said that it was important that the National Broadband Plan be reviewed.
The NCC also wants the country to re-examine its definition of “Broadband” and move away from the current speed rate of 1.5/mbps to something faster.
The federal government had issued the National Broadband Plan (2013-2018) in 2013. The plan set penetration targets for both mobile and fixed broadband throughout Nigeria but the country only narrowly reached and exceeded the 30 per cent broadband target.
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