Nigerian broadband penetration ‘too low’
INTERNETBy BiztechAfrica - July 27, 2012, 12:13 p.m.
Nigeria’s NCC says with broadband penetration below 7%, the country needs to take action to achieve its 2020 goals.
The Executive Vice Chairman of the NCC, Dr Eugene Juwah, told a Broadband Stakeholders Forum in Lagos yesterday that Nigeria’s broadband penetration was extimated to be under 7%, while the whole of Africa’s broadband penetration stood at around 4%.
He said this was cause for concern, in light of the country’s aim to be a knowledge economy by 2020.
Juwah noted that broadband infrastructure is being rolled out across Nigeria, and that there is growing demand for broadband services.
The NCC is spearheading moves to develop a new broadband policy to improve penetration across the country.
The NCC hosted the forum to look at economic and regulatory approaches to ubiquitous broadband infrastructure and services, funding options and strategies for the deployment of broadband infrastructure and services, sustaining competition in a broadband market and technologies to support deployment of broadband infrastructure and services.
MORE INTERNET NEWS
Average connectivity speeds increase steadilyGlobal average connection speeds are improving, with the top ten global countries passing average speeds of 10Mbps and the top country, South Korea, topping an average of 21.9Mbps, says a new report by Akamai. Read More
ICANN DNSSEC roadshow in ZambiaZICTA, in conjunction with the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), will host the ICANN African DNSSEC Roadshow which will run from 28th to 30th April. Read More
Africa will fast forward connectivity growthThere’s a new wave of growth on the horizon for African Internet companies and it’s being driven by remote peering, says NAPAfrica. Read More
Virtualisation ‘frees up innovation budget’Virtualisation allows for the ICT budget to shift its focus from maintenance to innovation – a benefit that is resonating with CIOs across the continent, says Ravi Bhat, VMWare’s new Regional Director for Sub-Saharan Africa. Read More
Safaricom revamps site for the visually impairedSafaricom has launched a revamped corporate website that will be fully accessible to Visually Impaired Persons. Read More
SEACOM partners with Akamai TechnologiesSEACOM has announced a new partnership with cloud service provider Akamai Technologies, and is deploying Akamai content clusters and caching nodes on its Pan-African IP network footprint. Read More
Online nutrition calculator aims to boost kids’ healthNestlé Kenya, through its MILO brand, has unveiled a web based nutrition calculator to help foster healthy nutrition among kids. Read More
Mozambique joins Alliance for Affordable InternetMozambique has become the first SADC country to join A4AI, and the third developing country to sign an MOU with the Alliance, joining Nigeria and Ghana. Read More
Intelsat managed broadband service for VodacomIntelsat is to provide a managed broadband service to Vodacom in sub-Saharan Africa. Read More
FEATURED STORYKenyan shift to Green Economy would generate USD 45bn by 2030
Kenya’s transition to a green economy could produce major economic benefits equivalent to an estimated USD 45 billion by 2030, a new study shows.
BEST READ NEWS
IN DEPTHE-waste threatens Ghana’s beaches
Many beaches in Ghana, already stressed by pollution and poor maintenance, are now facing a new threat: e-waste.
COMPANY NEWSVMware Reports First Quarter 2014 Results
VMWare has announced Year-over-Year revenue growth of 14% to $1.36 Billion in its Q114 results.