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CTO calls for collaboration to enhance broadband

07 October 2013, 07:30Augustine Osayande

Abuja - The Commonwealth Telecommunications Organisation (CTO) has called for a multi-stakeholder approach to enhance broadband connectivity in Nigeria and the Commonwealth bloc.

“Broadband Connectivity is not something that can be done by one group in society. It is not something that can be done by government or a regulator or private sector alone but through a multi-stakeholders collaboration,”  CTO Secretary General, Professor Tim Unwin, said at a conference CTO organised in collaboration with Nigeria Communication Commission and Federal Ministry of Communication Technology.

The theme of this year's conference is "Innovation Through Broadband."

The event brings together Ministers, senior officials, regulators, universal service fund administrators, operators and vendors.

Unwin said CTO was working in collaboration with International Telecommunications Union and the Commonwealth Secretariat in ensuring that all Commonwealth countries had effective National Broadband Strategy Policy Plan framework in place.

He also called for affordable broadband, adding that could open up many opportunities and transform economies.

The official added that key areas of CTO include skill entrepreneurship and mobile broadband access.

Meanwhile, Unwin commended Nigeria for developing its National Broadband plan.

"I hope that as a leading country in Africa in-terms of economic growth, population and overall leadership, Nigeria's Broadband plan will serve as a model for other countries in the continent," he said.

- CAJ News


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