The Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr Isa Ali Ibrahim Pantami, today led industry stakeholders in attendance at the National Broadband Plan (NNBP) 2020-2025 Steering and Implementation Committee Stakeholders’ Consultative meeting with the Industry players on implementation of the .
The Minister was accompanied to the event held today at the Communications and Digital Economy Complex, Abuja by the Executive Vice Chairman of the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), Prof. Umar Danbatta; the Director General of the NITDA, Kashifu Inuwa Abdullahi, the MD/CEO of NigComSat, Dr. Abimbola Alale and the President of ATCON, Engineer Olusola Teniola.
On the 16th of December 2019, the Minister inaugurated the Committee to draft a National Broadband Plan (NBP) for the country to be implemented within the next five years (2020-2025).
The committee chaired by the CEO of MainOne, Ms. Funke Opeke submitted the report on Tuesday, February 18, 2020, and it contains plan to deliver 70% broadband penetration by 2025.
The report also shows country’s intent to “deliver data download speeds across Nigeria, a minimum of 25Mbps in urban areas, and 10Mbps in rural areas, with effective coverage available to at least 90% of the population by 2025 at a price not more than N390 per 1GB of data (2% of median income or 1% of minimum wage)”.
Speaking at the event today, the EVC/CEO of NCC, Prof. Umar Danbatta, said “We are committed to the attainment of the broadband penetration target of NNBP”.
“A 10% increase in broadband penetration contributes a 1.3% growth to a country’s Grows Domestic Product (GDP)”, he added.
Also speaking the Secretary of BISC, Engr Usman Aliyu, said that in targeting Underserved/Rural communities “we will look at unserved clusters, the baseline is 114, by 2023, 80% of 114 unserved clusters to be covered. By 2025, 100% community access or school based access in all areas”.
Here are some photographs at the event: