As an IT enthusiast Femi Dakpobiri puts it, “better late than never; it appears pragmatism is gradually winning. Way to go!”
Yes, this is an exciting moment for telecommunication network operators, particularly, the Internet Service Providers (ISPs), as more States are aligning with the National Executive Council (NEC’s) resolution for a harmonised charges on Right of Ways for broadband infrastructure deployment.
Presently, Ekiti, Imo, Plateau and Kastina States have adopted the maximum rate of N145.
But, more exciting news may be coming from Kaduna State as report indicates the State has opted for zero charges on right of way.
Though, at the time of filling this report, TechEconomy.ng could not independently confirm the report, but the chief driver of the resolution who happens to be the Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr Isa Ali Ibrahim (Pantami), alluded that Kaduna State led by (Governor) Malam Nasir El Rufai, is implementing zero naira for Right of Way charges.
The Minister who expressed delight over the strides that have been made by the Executive Governors of Kaduna, Imo, Katsina and Plateau States with respect to Right of Way (RoW) charges, said that the RoW charges in these States have either been pegged at a maximum of N145 per linear metre or waived altogether.
“The RoW charges in Kaduna State have been completely waived, while the charges in Katsina, Plateau and Imo State have been pegged at a maximum N145 per linear metre”, he confirmed.
Why emphasis on broadband?
Building a high-speed, high-capacity, affordable network will have numerous important positive effects for the citizens and the country.
Simply put that high-speed internet access is necessary for much of oue day-to-day lives.
Dr. Pantami puts it this way:
“Implementing this resolution will go a long way in implementing the National Broadband Plan (NBP) which was launched by His Excellency, President Muhammadu Buhari, GCFR, on the 19th of March 2020.
“An increase in broadband access will have a positive impact on the economy of the various States as well as the entire country. One of the key benefits is the rapid growth in the gross domestic product (GDP) of any country that increases its broadband penetration.
“The COVID-19 pandemic has shown how important broadband is in supporting economies around the world”, he said.