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Call for more local spectrum allocation

08 October 2013, 09:02Augustine Osayande

Abuja - Stakeholders in the telecommunications sector have called for international regulators to assign more spectrum to Africa.

They urged the African Telecommunications Union (ATU) to make that call to the World Radiocommunication Conference (WRC).

The call was made at the ongoing Commonwealth Telecommunication Organisation (CTO) Forum in Abuja.

"The internet is fast becoming fundamental element of business mindset and as such the ATU should urged WRC to assign more spectrum to Africa," said Deputy Managing Director of Huawei Technology Nigeria, Osita Iweze.

Iweze added that development of ICT infrastructure was key to business transformation. He said with mobile broadband fast developing, government should plan spectrum in advance.

"With digital life era coming, government should take action to support IPV6 in national ICT strategies," said Iweze.

The Executive Director of Alliance for Affordable Internet, Sonia Jorge, said they body was interested in advocating for affordable internet rates.

She said in order to achieve the task, developing a new model in which such access could be provided is important.

In his welcoming address, the Executive Vice Chairman of the Nigerian Communications Commission, Eugene Juwah, said government at had adopted broadband as a platform to leverage and improve on the gains already made in the telecommunications sector.

He said President Goodluck Jonathan recently approved the National Broadband Development Plan 2013-2018 report produced by the Presidential Broadband Committee.

The report projected an 80 percent penetration rate in its roadmap for broadband development in Nigeria.

- CAJ News

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