Nigeria is on the path of 70 percent broadband penetration in the next five years, as the Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr. Isa Pantami, received the draft report of the National Broadband Plan Committee 2020-2025.
The Chairman of the Committee, Ms. Funke Opeke, Chief Executive Officer (CEO), MainOne Cable, presented the report to Pantami in the present of the Committee is co-chaired, Dr. Bashir Gwandu, former Executive Commissioner Technical Services at NCC.
Others are the presentation of the report, include Engr. Ubale Maska, NCC’s Executive Commissioner Technical Services, who is the Secretary of the Committee and the Executive Vice Chairman and CEO of Nigerian Communications Commission, Prof. Umar Danbatta.
The new National Broadband Committee was inaugurated by Dr. Pantami last year December to develop a new Plan for 2020-2025 that will be a guiding template for further development of the telecommunications sector.
This followed the expiration of the 2013-2018 National Broadband Plan, which was designed to achieve at least 30 percent broadband penetration in Nigeria. At the expiration of the old Plan, Nigeria achieved 37.8 percent broadband coverage.
At the inauguration of the new NBP Committee, Pantami also urged the members to review the old plan, examine its challenges and proffer solutions. He equally urged the committee to undertake the assignment in the context of growing and emerging technologies.
The new broadband plan, being developed with the support and collaboration of the Government of the United Kingdom (UK), is expected to increase broadband penetration to 70 percent by 2025 in order to give concrete expression to Federal Government’s commitment to making Nigeria a truly digital economy.
It will be recalled that on January 3, 2020, while engaging the Nigerian press at a Media Briefing and Chat, Dr. Pantami promised that the report of the new NBP Committee will be ready in the first quarter of the year 2020.