Nigerian broadband penetration ‘too low’


Image: Eugene Juwah. By BiztechAfrica
Eugene Juwah

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.

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