Written by Sarah NEGEDU

FGFG to kick-off nat’l programme for broadband penetration

The federal government has concluded arrangement for a national programme for Infrastructure Companies, InfraCos, to increase broadband penetration in the country starting later in the year.

The four year intervention seeks to increase broadband penetration across all geopolitical zones of the country. The project is designed such that all the 774 Local Government Areas will be provided with fibre connectivity at the end of the intervention.

That implies the deployment of at least one fibre Point of Access, PoA, with the capacity of 10 Gbps, in each LGA across the country.

To achieve this, the Nigerian Communications Commission, NCC, has developed a Licensing Framework and instituted a subsidy scheme to enable Infrastructure Companies to roll out fibre in all the zones of the country.

The Executive Secretary of the Council, Edirin Akemu, said the difficulty of using a single Infraco to achieve the desired broadband penetration because of the sheer size of the country, topographic challenges and socio-economic factors necessitated the use of the more companies.

Vice Chairman of the Council who is also the Minister of Industry, Trade and Investment, Dr. Okechukwu Enelamah, said “Based on the speed of re-submission received from the respective InfraCos and the conclusion of the subsidy agreement, it is expected that the project will kick-off before the end of 2018.”

  to kick-off nat’l programme for broadband penetration

The federal government has concluded arrangement for a national programme for Infrastructure Companies, InfraCos, to increase broadband penetration in the country starting later in the year.

The four year intervention seeks to increase broadband penetration across all geopolitical zones of the country. The project is designed such that all the 774 Local Government Areas will be provided with fibre connectivity at the end of the intervention.

That implies the deployment of at least one fibre Point of Access, PoA, with the capacity of 10 Gbps, in each LGA across the country.

To achieve this, the Nigerian Communications Commission, NCC, has developed a Licensing Framework and instituted a subsidy scheme to enable Infrastructure Companies to roll out fibre in all the zones of the country.

The Executive Secretary of the Council, Edirin Akemu, said the difficulty of using a single Infraco to achieve the desired broadband penetration because of the sheer size of the country, topographic challenges and socio-economic factors necessitated the use of the more companies.

Vice Chairman of the Council who is also the Minister of Industry, Trade and Investment, Dr. Okechukwu Enelamah, said “Based on the speed of re-submission received from the respective InfraCos and the conclusion of the subsidy agreement, it is expected that the project will kick-off before the end of 2018.”

 

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