The Executive Vice-Chairman of the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), Prof. Umar Danbatta, said Nigeria will achieve the 90% broadband coverage set in the National Broadband Plan (2020-2025) through collaborative efforts of all stakeholders.
In addition to covering 90% of the country’s population by 2025, the plan also sets a speed target of a minimum of 25 Mbps in urban areas and 10 Mbps in rural areas, at a price not exceeding N390 per 1GB of data (i.e. 2% of median income or 1% of minimum wage).
Danbatta argues that while the telecom regulator and government would do everything to create an enabling and conducive environment, telecom operators will need to continue investing in new infrastructure and capacity, think more innovatively, identify and design new business models and enrich their knowledge from other partners, regions and industries.
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During a keynote address at a forum on Internet Governance for Development (IG4D), Danbatta said, “In order to achieve these ambitious goals, the plan focuses on 4 essential pillars, namely: infrastructure, policy, financing and incentives. Similarly, a National Policy on Fifth Generation (5G) Networks for Nigeria’s Digital Economy has been developed to ensure provision of the required spectrum and enabling environment to ensure full deployment of 5G technology to effectively cover the major urban areas by 2025, and to ensure the security of the 5G ecosystem as well as data protection among many others.
“Regulators primarily need to develop a regulatory framework and standards for the telecommunications industry. They also offer action plans and methods for the implementation of government policies through strong regulation to ensure a competitive market, environment-focused compliance monitoring and enforcement mechanism, market-based spectrum access mechanisms, broadband facilitation and penetration, and capacity development. as strategic collaboration and partnership with relevant state and non-state actors.
“Regulators should also collaborate and facilitate the exchange of like-minded ideas, views and experiences among industry experts through appropriate channels for regular participation in relevant conferences, forums, symposia and workshops.
“As for operators, they must continue to invest in new infrastructure and capabilities, think more innovatively, identify and design new business models and enrich their knowledge with other partners, regions and industries. It’s important that they integrate their next-generation networks to provide the flexibility needed to drive growth and innovation in the mobile communications ecosystem.
As part of efforts to achieve the objectives of the broadband plan, the NCC has also defined a strategic vision plan (SVP 2021-2025) to ensure the implementation of government policy.