Poor infrastructure, low broadband penetration bane of ICT sector – Shittu

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ADEBAYO Shittu, minister of communications, has said that the Nigerian internet environment is characterised by poor infrastructure and low broadband penetration. He said there was a need to sensitise and create necessary awareness within and outside the public service on the public internet access policy and its implication for national development.

At a stakeholders’ workshop in Abuja, Shittu noted that the internet space had been characterised by high cost of access, low broadband penetration and poor Internet infrastructure as well as the poor enabling environment. He said that the solution to the challenges was beyond the government’s intervention and urged more Nigerians to participate in the global digital economy, private organisations and international partners to support the government in different strategic ways.

The minister said that issues such as deployment models, availability, accessibility, infrastructure sharing, affordability, relevance, online safety, data security, governance, pervasiveness, equal access, standardisation, broadband, infrastructure rollout, and Right of Way were new challenges confronting the nation on a daily basis.

He stated that one of the models adopted recently was the provision of free Internet access by Public Internet Access Providers in strategic locations to help more Nigerians connect to the Internet in pursuit of social and developmental objectives for a return on investment through advertisement or other means.

Shittu said that public internet access was expected to create jobs and help local Small and Medium Enterprises to compete with global brands adding that the security of the user in the transmission of information was of paramount importance to the government. “It is in the light of these that the National Information Technology Development Agency will come up with the framework and guidelines on the provision and use of public Internet access in Nigeria.”

– Apr. 5, 2019 @ 15:55 GMT |

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