The new broadband plan is aimed to deliver data download speeds across Nigeria, with a minimum of 25Mbps in urban areas, and 10Mbps in rural areas. This will also ensure effective coverage available to at least 90% of the population and a penetration rate of 70% by 2025, at a price not more than N390 per 1GB of data (2% of median income or 1% of minimum wage).
This information was disclosed on March 25th, at the Association of Telecommunications Companies of Nigeria (ATCON) virtual “Structured Engagement with Key Stakeholders in the Nigerian Telecom & ICT Sector on the new national broadband plan 2020-2025″, by the Honorable Minister—Dr. Isa Ali Pantami. The keynote delivered by the Honourable Minister was titled “The Association of Telecommunications Companies of Nigeria”.
He mentioned that broadband access is a necessity for economic and societal development through providing access to information, connecting people to business, and opening new markets.
He added that Broadband penetration is also transforming the conventional economy and enabling innovation economy; it impacts almost every aspect of life from education to health, it supports enterprise and entrepreneurship, and unlocks the digital economy which reduces extreme poverty and enhances social inclusion.
“Today, we rely so much on apps and Internet to work, educate, socialise and entertain ourselves, as a result in every minute consumers spend over $1m on the Internet, Amazon ships over 6,600 packages, Facebook users share more than 150,000 messages and upload over 140,000 photos, Zoom hosts more than 200,000 participants, Netflix users stream over 400,000 hours of video, YouTube users upload over 500 hours of video, Twitter gains over 300 new users and many more”, he added.
NITDA is putting efforts to stimulate local demands that will further improve broadband penetration in Nigeria. They have been implementing various initiatives aimed at facilitating the achievement of the target of 70% broadband penetration by 2025, some of these initiatives include:
- Encouraging free domain registration for public institutions and SMEs through Nigerian Internet Registration Association (NIRA).
- Facilitating Digital Literacy Training and Awareness, Digital content creation and indigenous language translation.
- Effective digitization of Government services (e-Government) as well as other e-services.
- Deployment of IT intervention projects that facilitate Digital Literacy and Skills development.
- Development of Nigeria Government Enterprise Architecture (NGEA) and Nigerian e-Govt Interoperability framework (Ne-GIF).
- Funding capacity building & Innovation initiatives to facilitate digital jobs creation.
- Establishment of National Center for Artificial Intelligence and Robotics (NCAIR).
- Establishment of National Digital Innovation and Entrepreneurship Center (NDIEC) among others.