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NATIONAL BROADBAND PLAN: ATCON CALLS ON PRIVATE SECTOR PLAYERS IN ICT TO COMPLEMENT GOVERNMENT'S EFFORT

On Thursday, 25th March 2021, the Nigerian Telecommunications and ICT industry under the auspices of the Association of Telecoms Companies of Nigeria (ATCON) held a virtual structured engagement with stakeholders on the New National Broadband plan 2020-2025.

Engr Ikechukwu Nnamani, the current President of ATCON and Treasurer on the NiRA Executive Board of Directors, in his keynote stated that it had become imperative for the private sector players to support all the government’s effort. The ATCON President expressed that the high-power virtual event was put together to have a conversation around the New National Broadband plan 2020-2025 with a view to ascertaining the status of the implementation.

Engr. Nnamani said the event would help the industry identify the bottlenecks that might exist, to the successful implementation of the New National Broadband plan and proffer lasting solutions to issues that are likely to constitute an obstacle to the eventual realization of the 70% Broadband penetration target.

Recall the announcement made last year and attributed to the Honourable Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr Isa Ali Pantami that Nigeria's broadband plan penetration had increased by 10% over the previous year, from 33.3% to 43.3%. He said with the positive development, the Government was hopeful that 2021 broadband penetration would surpass that of 2020.

Engr Nnamani commended the Minister’s efforts towards resolving key challenges facing the industry and advocating for the speedy implementation of the national broadband plan. He added that the fruits of his effort can be seen in terms of broadband penetration and various policies that have been initiated, ratified, and issued to further encourage the growth of the industry.

The virtual engagement was well attended by the stakeholders in the industry. Distinguished among the stakeholders were the Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr. Isa Pantami, Executive Vice Chairman/CEO, Nigerian Communication 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, Mr. Muhammed Rudman, President of the Nigeria Internet Registration Association (NiRA).

Speakers at the event included Chief Executive Officers of other companies; Mr Muhammed Rudman (IXPN),  Mr Tunde Coker (Rack Center),  Mrs Funke Opeke (MainOne), Abimbola Alale (NIGCOMSAT), Muhammed Bello Abubakar (Galaxy Backbone), Mr Henry Isghohi-Okojie (Broadbase Communications), Ren Zhengfei (Huawei), Mr Wole Abu (Liquid Telecoms), Engr. Abiodun Omoniyi (VDT Communications), and Segun Ogunsanya (Airtel Networks).

At the end of the event, the ATCON President, Engr. Nnamani thanked the Ministry of Communications and Digital Economy and the sponsors for endorsing the National Broadband event.