The Association of Telecommunications Companies of Nigeria (ATCON), Chief Executives of telecoms companies and other key stakeholders in the industry will tomorrow converge in Abuja, Nigeria’s capital to discuss strategies of achieving a fresh 70 percent broadband penetration target.
The event slated to hold at the Treasure Suites and Conference, Abuja with the theme “the Nigeria National Broadband Plan 2013 – 2018: Success, Prospects and Challenges” is a Post-Nigeria National Broadband Plan 2013-2018 review dialogue.
The Nigerian Communications Communication had reported that it has achieved the 31 percent broadband target, which is one percent higher than the target, cheering news that got the industry excited.
The strategic underlining purpose of the Abuja meeting according to the Executive Secretary of ATCON, Mr. Ajibola Olude is principally to see how the entire industry (Telecoms/ICT) could work towards achieving a greater broadband penetration in the next five years.
He disclosed that four sessions for the purpose of roundtable discussion has been slated to hold at the one day programme namely: Broadband and its benefits/Where we are with Broadband, The Challenges of Broadband Operators/Strategy and Roadmap goals and objectives/Roles for government and other stakeholders, Roles for government and other stakeholders/Policy and Regulatory Priorities/Adoption and Utilization and Adoption and Utilization /Local Content Imperative to be chaired respectively by Mr. Biodun Omoniyi, MD/CEO, VDT Communications, Mr. Mohamad Darwish, MD/CEO, IHS Nigeria, Prince Henry Iseghohi, MD/CEO, Broadbased Communications and Mr. Ayotunde Coker, MD/CEO, Rack-Centre Limited.
He said that each session would thoroughly discuss assigned sections and come out with highlights of the successes achieved, challenges encountered and recommendations going forward.
Despite perceived drawbacks in the sector, the telecommunications remains one of the most consistent enablers of the economy and the economic wellbeing of the citizenry with over 10.43% contribution to the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) in the second quarter of 2018, boosting employment both directly and indirectly and providing a robust infrastructure backbone to facilitate high level efficiency in all areas of the economy.
According to NCC data, there were a total of 168,729,005 mobile “GSM” mobile subscribers in Nigeria as at November 2018. Of these, 108,457,051 were subscribed to internet access services provided by the major operators. In terms of Broadband services, a total of 58,965,478 connected to the internet through 3G and 4G networks (including those provided by the Long Term Evolution (LTE)-only service providers such as Smile and nTel).
In the lineup for the event are the Minister, Ministry of Communications, Barrister Adebayo Shittu as principal keynote speaker, Prof. Umar Garba Danbatta, Executive Vice Chairman of the NCC and Dr. Isa Ali Ibrahim Pantami, Director General, NITDA as keynote speakers.
Chairman, OpenMedia, Dr. Ernest Ndukwe and Mr. Osondu Nwokoro, Managing director and chief executive officer, Steven Allen Associates will do an overview of the Broadband Plan 2013-2018.