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Right of Way: Experts to discuss next steps for broadband penetration for Africa



Broadband: Fibre Cable ducts laid at the middle of a newly constructed road - Image Credit: Res Locus -

Following recent announcements of per linear meter Right of Way charge review by different State Government in Nigeria, #StartupSouth is hosting top Industry professionals and Government officials to a virtual event on May 29, 2020 to discuss next steps towards Scaling Broadband Internet penetration in Nigeria in particular and Africa in general.

Right of Way Charge per meter of fiber optics cabling is considered one of the most vexatious and biggest hindrances to growth in the industry.


Broadband discussion led by #StartupSouth

Panelists will discuss challenges, solutions and next steps towards broadband Internet Penetration in Africa.

Panelists include Steve Song (Fellow at Mozilla Foundation and Lead at NSCR – the organization behind the Africa Broadband map website) and Mr. Gerald Ilukwe – former Manager, Galaxy Backbone and Chief Information Officer, Kaduna State Government.

Others are Bradley Shaw – Regional Manager, Middle East & Africa at NuRAN Wireless, Akintunde Oyebode – Special Adviser, Trade, Investment and Innovation, Ekiti State and more.

Speaking about the event, the Convener of #StartupSouth, Uche Aniche, said, “the event will enable professionals, public officials and investors to come together and discuss a way forward.

“You will recall that this was the central theme of our conference (#StartupSouth5) in Uyo last year. We expect more states to adopt this policy, but, more importantly, we want to see them do so in a very sustainable manner that ultimately unlocks the true benefits to citizens”.

About #StartupSouth

#StartupSouth believes in the power of entrepreneurship for development. #StartupSouth is a Startup/Entrepreneurship ecosystem development project focused on the South-South/South-East, Nigeria.

The goal is to inspire a generation of young founders to build innovative and scalable businesses within the South-South and South-East regions.

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