THE Nigerian Communications Commission, NCC, is set to resolve the persistent right-of-way challenges, which hindered the building of infrastructure to deepen broadband penetration in the country.
Prof. Umar Danbatta, executive vice chairman of NCC, made this known when Olusola Teniola, President, Association of Telecommunications Companies of Nigeria, ATCON, led its new executive to visit the commission’s head office recently in Abuja.
According to him, State Governors, who are part of the challenges of establishing the right-of-way, had in a meeting with Nigerian Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, keyed into broadband penetration initiative, leading to the plan to lay 18,000 kilometers of fiber cables across the country, with the ultimate aim of meeting and surpassing the 30 per cent broadband penetration target by the end of this year.
The presidency appears to be directly championing the cause as MainOne; IHS Nigeria Limited; Broadbased Limited and Phase3 Communications have been selected to lay the 18, 000 fiber cable.
Applauding the development, the executive vice chairman said the telecom infrastructure is critical to the development of any country, and should be allowed to be deployed unhindered in any state of the federation.
He added that with the proliferation of telecom infrastructure will ultimately lead to broadband access and ensure that Nigeria experiences economic emancipation, generate jobs for unemployed youths as well attract investment to every sector of the economy.
June 14, 2018 @ 16:15 GMT |