The Ministry of Communications and Digital Economy, in collaboration with the Nigeria Communications Commission (NCC), established an ambitious goal of reaching 70% broadband penetration by 2025.
This aim is noteworthy because broadband penetration now stands at 42.27 per cent, requiring the Ministry to more than double broadband penetration in the next five years.
As with all progressive programs and goals, some people jump to the conclusion that things will not work or change.
The same can be said for negative pronouncements in some places that the 2025 aim was doomed from the start, despite all evidence pointing to policymakers having what it takes to meet the target this time.
The 70% penetration aim is definitely realistic, especially when industry players realize that Kenya and Rwanda have significantly higher broadband penetration figures than Nigeria while having lower GDP per capita income.
The Association of Telecommunication Companies of Nigeria (ATCON) has secured NCC and other stakeholders’ support for a national strategic mobilization to achieve the 70% nationwide broadband target.
The Association intends to hold a Conference and Exhibition with the theme – Achieving the new aim of 70% Broadband Penetration.
The conference will take place on Thursday, June 9, 2022, at the Chida Event Centre, Plot 224, Solomon Lar Way, Utako District, Abuja.
“We have received confirmation of attendance from 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.” Other industry thought leaders are also expected to attend,” said ATCON President Engr Ikechukwu Nnamani.