As you know, despite Nigeria’s 5+ submarine cables, carrying a combined capacity of 10+ TBPS, Nigeria still suffers from low broadband penetration.
In an attempt to increase penetration, the Federal Government’s Presidential Committee on Broadband drafted a Broadband plan which was eventually enacted into a policy with goal of increasing fixed broadband penetration to 30% by 2018.
It is 2017 and we are still far away from the goal. As a company cognizant with the impact of telecommunications infrastructure on GDP and HDI, we have decided to lead key players in Nigeria’s Technology landscape to create widespread awareness on the infrastructure and broadband gaps that still exist in Nigeria and proffer solutions initially captured in the National Broadband Policy.
We believe that broadband has played an outsized role in transforming societies and economic opportunities across the continent, creating and supporting social linkages and networks, facilitating education and knowledge dissemination, enabling trade and commerce and contributing to growing entrepreneurship across the world. With this campaign, “Broadband2018 Nigeria”, with hashtags #Broadband2018 #BroadbandNigeria we will reiterate the existing broadband gaps in Nigeria, evaluate Nigeria’s readiness to achieve this and throw up issues that still mitigate nationwide access and inclusion such as regulatory concerns etc.
The support of influencers such as yourself is pivotal to rallying stakeholders, raise awareness level and generate positive ‘talkability’ around campaign online and offline via interviews, opinion articles and conversations on social media.
Please find below 5 things we would like to articulate with the Broadband2018 Nigeria campaign.
1. Nigeria has all it takes to have pervasive broadband distribution across the country; 5+ submarine cables, 10+TBPS
a. $7b of Africa’s $20bn submarine cable investment is in Nigeria alone
2. The 2013-2018 National Broadband Plan was an attempt to introduce new initiatives to address the importance of broadband towards attaining the country’s developmental goal Vision 20:2020 and increase fixed broadband penetration to 30% by 2018.
a. Unfortunately, successive governments have been unable to follow through on this plan
3. Nigeria has experienced huge benefits from fixed broadband access
a. Yaba Innovation HQ project, for example is a model PPP project (between Co-Creation Hub, Technovision, Lagos State Government and MainOne) that sought to provide a haven for tech start-up companies with the provision of 30km+ fiber infrastructure in Yaba (by MainOne), after it was granted Right of Way by the State Government, which has created Nigeria’s first commercially sustainable ecosystem, spurring employment opportunities with at least 20,000 direct and indirect jobs created, with a stimulation of new sectors including eCommerce, ePayment and ISP and the revolutionization of established sectors including Financial Services and Media as a result of cheaper, faster internet connectivity. Modelled after Silicon Valley, Yaba’s tech ecosystem has attracted the attention of global technology leaders including Facebook and Google CEOs, Mark Zuckerberg and Sundar Pichai respectively.
4. Nigeria requires such strategic partnerships between broadband infrastructure companies and governments to actualize technology adoption leveraging the Yaba iHQ blueprint
5. Implement the National Broadband Policy now! #Broadband2018