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The ITU’s advice to Nigeria regarding broadband

January 9, 2014 • Mobile and Telecoms, Top Stories, West Africa

Dr. Hamadoun Touré, Secretary-General, ITU. (Image source: itu.net/newsroom)

Dr. Hamadoun Touré, Secretary-General, ITU. (Image source: itu.net/newsroom)

Efforts to deliver high speed internet services in Nigeria will continue to be hampered unless vandalism and unreliable power supply is addressed. This is one of the recommendations, in addition to the need for the country to supply more information, to emerge in a case study initiated by the International Telecommunication Union (ITU).

While Nigeria has been lauded by the global body for its supply of information about mobile voice, the telecommunications authority has reportedly told the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) to provide more detail about the country’s internet service subscriptions.

Local media, including This Day, have reported that the ITU wants the West African country to not only supply up-to-date information on subscriber numbers for fixed and mobile internet, but also act on major challenges.

In its Strategies for the Promotion of Broadband Services and Infrastructure: a Case Study of Nigeria, the organisation is said to have named vandalism and lack of reliable power supply as serious issues affecting broadband rollout in the country.

The publication quotes the Study: “Efforts to deliver broadband across Nigeria will be a mirage unless the key problem of power is addressed by government in partnership with stakeholders across the ecosystem.”

Chris Tredger

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