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Council appeals for speedy implementation of broadband policy

09 February 2015, 07:50Augustine Osayande

Abuja - The Nigeria Broadband Council has called for the accelerated implementation of the country’s Broadband Plan.

The council made the call after evaluating milestones of the broadband plan at its regular quarterly meeting the Minister of Communication Technology, Omobola Johnson, chaired.

According to a document obtained by this publication from the Ministry of Communication Technology, the council acknowledged the progress made on the implementation of the Broadband Plan in the last 18 months, especially the increased capacity rolled out by telcos and other infrastructure providers which had resulted in a 2 percent increase in broadband penetration in 2014.

The council also noted the successful auction of the 2.3GHz spectrum, licensing of the first two Infracos for metro fibre rollout and called on successful bidders to quickly rollout to improve the pace of implementation.

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They commended the trial of TV White Spaces approved by Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) and Nigerian Broadcasting Commission (NBC) geared at reducing cost of internet access. The council also commended the telecoms operators for their leadership in the area of base station infrastructure sharing and deployment and resolved that this needed to be extended to fibre.

They called on the NCC and the Universal Service Provision Fund (USPF) to look into the possibility of providing financial incentives to accelerate this.

The Broadband Council is made up of 19 members, chaired by Minister of Communication Technology. It is charged with the responsibility of monitoring implementation modalities for the approved Nigerian National Broadband Plan.

- CAJ News


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