Nigeria: Broadband penetration to increase by 2017

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MTN, which also predicted a sharp increase in broadband penetration by 2017, said the rollout of LTE technology would help to drive deeper broadband penetration.

MTN Nigeria and the Nigeria Information Technology Reporters Association (NITRA) have predicted a sharp rise in broadband penetration by 2017, this is according to a report by This Day.

In the report, NITRA says Nigeria is struggling to grow its broadband penetration from 6 per cent in 2013, to 8 per cent in 2014 and to 10 per cent in 2015, even though the National Broadband Plan is targeting 30 per cent penetration growth in 2018. The association however said there would likely be a sharp increase in broadband penetration in the country by 2017, should stakeholders and government, further drive the broadband implementation process.

MTN, which also predicted a sharp increase in broadband penetration by 2017, said the rollout of LTE technology would help to drive deeper broadband penetration, beginning from 2017. Senior Manager, Transmission Access Planning Network Group at MTN, Olusegun Salam said the massive rollout of LTE broadband technology, coupled with the increased rollout of smartphones at affordable rates, would further drive broadband penetration in the country, beginning from 2017. According to Salami, the actual journey of broadband penetration started in 2007, with the launch of the third generation technology called the 3G, which he said, put an end to the narrowband service being provided through the 2G networks.

Staff Writer