The Ministry of Communications and Digital Economy working with the Nigeria Communications Commission (NCC) set an ambitious target when they projected that by 2025 Nigeria would have attained 70 per cent broadband penetration.
This target is striking because currently, broadband penetration stands at 42.27% per cent, consequently tasking the Ministry to more than double broadband penetration in the next five years.
As with all progressive policies and plans, there are those who conclude prematurely that things would not work or change.
The same goes for the pessimistic remarks in some quarters that the 2025 target was dead on arrival, despite all evidence pointing to the fact that policymakers have what it takes to achieve the target this time.
The 70 per cent penetration target is clearly achievable especially when industry players consider that even with lower Gross Domestic Product (GDP) Per Capita Income, Kenya and Rwanda have far more impressive broadband penetration figures than Nigeria.
Well, the Association of Telecommunication Companies of Nigeria (ATCON), has received NCC and other stakeholders’ backing towards the national strategic mobilization for the actualization of the national broadband target of 70%.
The Association is planning to host a Conference and Exhibition with a theme – Realizing the new set target of 70% of Broadband Penetration.
The conference is slated for Thursday, June 9, 2022 at Chida Event Centre, Plot 224, Solomon Lar Way, Utako District, Abuja.
“We have received attendance confirmation of Prof Isa Ali Ibrahim Pantami, Honourable Minister, Federal Ministry of Communications and Digital Economy; Prof Umar Garba Danbatta, EVC/CEO, Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), Mr Kashifu Inuwa Abdullahi, Director-General/CEO, National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) and Dr Vincent Olatunji, National Commissioner, Nigeria Data Protection Bureau respectively. Other industry thought leaders are also expected to grace the event”, Engr Ikechukwu Nnamani ,President ATCON, said in an email to TechEconomy.ng.
How to participate:
Participation is free, but you are required to pre-register via the link here on or before Friday, June 3, 2022.