Wednesday, November 02, 2011

Toure commends Nigeria’s broadband plans

Secretary-General of the world telecom body, the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), Dr. Hamadoun Toure has commended Nigeria’s broadband plans.

Toure made his mind known at the just ended ITU’s World 2011 in Geneva at the weekend, which had the world’s richest man, Mr. Carlos Slim, Communications Technology Minister, Mrs. Omobola Johnson and Executive Vice Chairman of NCC, Dr. Eugene Juwah, in attendance among other Nigerian dignitaries.

Toure who was responding to the announcement by NCC boss on the readiness of the country to license new market operators on broadband platform, said that he was excited that has made several progress in the past.

He noted that with the plans to adopt an open access model for the deployment of broadband across the country.

Toure pointed out that Nigeria’s performance in the Information and Communication Technology (ICT) sector where she led in growth terms in the continent and in the world for upward of five years.

“Nigeria has always made us proud and has consistently taken the lead for upwards of five years,” he said, stressing that it is not a joke to be the leader for five years.

He therefore, commended Nigeria for this achievement while imploring continuity in the leadership to support the industry for sustained growth and consistent enabling environment for more investment and sustained success.
The lunch attended by global leaders in the telecommunications sector from all parts of the world, including ministers, investors, operators and regulators.
Welcoming guest earlier, Dr. Juwah said the adoption of the open access model is to forestall current challenges posed by some operational issues and the complexities arising from roles of different agencies, including urban and regional administrative setups which impinge on the right of way of facility deployments.
“The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has decided to explore the ‘Open Access Model’ for the effective deployment of a national fiber network that will ensure an even platform and playing field for the retail service providers and enhance the achievement of the nation’s e-economy goals,” he said, submitting that this model is a framework for infrastructure sharing.

Remmy Nweke

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