Abuja - Communications and Technology Minister, Omobola Johnson, outlined plans to increase the number of telecommunications base stations in the next five years as part of strategies to achieve full implementation of the National Broadband Plan.
“There were only 16 base stations in the country as at 2001 and it was increased to 21 000 in 2010. More base stations would be built in the country to help achieve full implementation of the National Broadband plan before 2018,” Johnson said during her keynote address at the Commonwealth Telecommunication Organisation (CTO) Forum in Abuja.
“Mobile broadband is the most expeditious way of deploying broadband services to most users.”
Johnson said information and communications technologies contributed to increase in social welfare by being applicable in delivery of education, health, security and other basic needs.
Meanwhile, the minister added that the government was collaborating with network providers and state governments in the country to ensure sharing of ICTs infrastructure especially fiber optic cables.
She said State Governors in the country had been directed to issue executive laws and regulations to protect ICTs infrastructures in their states.
She added that in order to avoid damages of highways in the country, provision of service dots were now part of modern road construction in the country.
Johnson further expressed concern over the low rate of adoption of ICTs in the country and the purchasing of software’s develop outside Nigeria.
“Over N6 billion is exported out of the country annually in purchasing of software," she said.
- CAJ News