The Association of Telecom Companies of Nigeria (ATCON), has pushed for industrial supports towards achieving Federal Government’s 70% broadband penetration by 2025, TechEconomy.ng can report.
ATCON as a professional, non-profit, non-political umbrella organization of telecommunications companies of Nigeria, has a membership profile made up of indigenous and multinational telecommunications companies operating in Nigeria.
Membership of the Association has since inauguration grown to 100 companies and the platform has become a rallying point for discussion of critical industry issues.
The Association demonstrated that again on Thursday during its flagship
“Virtual Structured Engagement with Key Stakeholders in the Nigerian Telecom & ICT Sector on the New National Broadband Plan 2020 – 2025”.
In his speech, the President of ATCON, Engr Ikechukwu Nnamani, called on the private sector players in the country’s Information and Communications Technology industry to complement the government’s efforts in order to achieve the 70% broadband penetration target.
He said that it has becomes necessary owing to the visible benefits of broadband, especially in a digital economy, which is vigorously being pursued by the federal government.
“With Nigeria’s broadband penetration increasing by 10% over the previous year from 33.3% to 45.3%, we are encouraging every segment of the sector to double their efforts in terms of encouraging further penetration so that we can surpass that of 2020. This we must do as private sector players to support all the government’s efforts,” Engr. Nnamani said in his welcome address.
Nnamani also commended the Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr. Isa Pantami, for his tireless efforts towards resolving key challenges facing the industry and also advocating for the speedy implementation of the national broadband plan.
He noted that the high-powered virtual event is put together to have a conversation around the New National Broadband Plan 2020-2025 with a view to ascertaining the status of the implementation.
Nnamani added that the event was convened to also help the industry identify bottlenecks to the successful implementation of the New National Broadband Plan, and proffering lasting solutions to issues that are likely to constitute an obstacle to the eventual realization of the 70% Broadband penetration target.
The virtual structured engagement with key stakeholders in the Nigerian Telecom & ICT sector on the new national broadband plan 2020 – 2025, which was organized by ATCON was well attended by all stakeholders in the industry.
Notable among the stakeholders are the Minister of Communications and Digi9tal Economy, Dr. Isa Pantami, Executive Vice Chairman/CEO, Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) Prof. Umar Danbatta, Director-General/CEO, National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) Mr. Kashifu Inuwa and Director-General/CEO, National Identity Management Commission (NIMC), Engr. Aliyu Aziz Abubakar.
Others are CEOs of companies such as Huawei, Liquid Telecom, Galaxy Backbone, Broadbase Communication, MainOne, Airtel Networks, Medallion Communications, NIGCOMSAT, PPC, ATC, VDT Communications, Rack Center and IpNX.