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Broadband Council tackles key issued

21 October 2013, 08:31Henry Ifeanyi

Lagos – The Broadband Council has begun deliberations aimed at tacking critical issues in the Nigerian telecommunications sector.

The Council, established by the Minister of Communication Technology, Omobola Johnson, is saddled with the responsibility of working out implementation modalities for the newly approved Nigerian National Broadband Plan.

A communiqué released at the end of the second meeting of the council at the weekend, noted that a nationwide publication and communication of the agreed Right of Way Guidelines will commence in November.

The communiqué mentioned the Open Access, whose preliminary report that will enable broadband penetration is being developed and is expected by the end of November 2013.

Furthermore, the Long Distance fibre interconnectivity is planned through the Nigerian Internet Exchange.

A stakeholder forum on developing an Interconnect scheme for National and Long distance operators to actualize this will be held in November.

To support this, GIS Mapping of fibre infrastructure is also underway with the 6 zonal maps produced for each geo-political zone being integrated into one by December 2013.

The Council also deliberated on collaborations with state governments on resolution of issues affecting the rollout of base stations.

On the issue of Spectrum, the Council noted in the communiqué that a spectrum audit has been initiated and will be completed within six months.

Under the topic of affordability, a cost-based pricing model for guiding fibre duct leasing is being drafted and will be ready by the end of November as part of the open access framework.

The Council is also looking into resolving thorny issues to do with the speedy roll out of base stations between NESREA, NCC and the Ministry of Environment.

The secretary of the USPF, Alhaji Abdullahi Maikano, Engineer Ernest Ndukwe, Jim Ovia, Lanre Ajayi, Engineer Titi Omo-Ettu, Professor David Adewumi, Olayinka Oni, Juliet Ehimuan-Chiazor, Bayo Banjo, Muhammad Rudman, Junaid Dikko, and Engineer John Ayodele attended the session Johnson chaired.

The Broadband Council, inaugurated in July, is made up of 19 members. Johnson chairs the council.

– CAJ News.


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