The Nigerian telecom industry regulator is optimistic that broadband penetration will deepen but fears that the deployment of fibre infrastructure remains a major impediment.
Nigeria Communications Commission (NCC), though has played significant roles in making sure that the Nation Broadband Plan for 2018 is achieved but decries that the gap between the National planned and national existing broadband fibre Infrastructure in Nigeria.
The Executive Vice Chairman, Professor Umar Danbatta who spoke at the 16th meeting of the Joint Planning Board and national Council on Development, in Minna, Niger state, said the presence of deployed broadband fibre infrastructure in the Nigeria does is not enough to make up the uncovered areas.
“The gap between the National Planned and National Existing Broadband Fibre Infrastructure in Nigeria is critical to achieving broadband penetration target of 30% by 2018,” the EVC noted in his paper titled: Achieving a Digitally-Led Growth through Information and Communications Technology,
He allayed fears that Nigeria’s active mobile-broadband penetration recorded a significant rise has from less than 10% in 2015 to 20.95% in 2016.
“More than 10 terabytes of telecommunications capacity currently exists at the nation’s landing point, but the challenge is the deployment of fibre infrastructure across the country to effectively distribute the capacity to all areas of the country for sufficient fibre capacity.”
However, NCC looks to improve the spectrum capacity by opening up and assigning other spectrum bands in an open and transparent manner. Optimal deployment of broadband infrastructure through the Infraco model in the face of existing challenges is critical to driving broadband availability, accessibility and affordability in the country.