Broadband in Nigeria only at 7% penetration
Dr Eugene Juwah, the Executive Vice-Chairman, Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), says its worrying that the broadband penetration in Nigeria is less than 7%. He added that the current rate will prevent the country from becoming a knowledge-economy.
“The present broadband penetration is estimated to be less than 7 per cent and the average broadband penetration in Africa is estimated at about 4 per cent. This statistics is worrisome if the country is to be among the knowledge economy by 2020,” he said during the Nigeria Broadband Forum in Lagos.
He did also state that the NCC was in the process of developing a new broadband policy that would promote the growth of broadband in the country. According to him, “the new broadband plan would ensure availability, affordability and accessibility of broadband by those using internet for personal and commercial purposes.”
There is a clear demand for faster and better development of broadband, couple with a high demand for the technology, and that the commission would continue to create an enabling environment and foster investment in the broadband ecosystem, added Juwah.
Charlie Fripp – Consumer Tech editor