In continuation of its quarterly forum geared towards addressing industry issue and setting an agenda for stakeholders in the Nigeria Information and Communications Technology (ICT), the Nigeria Information Technology Reporters’ Association (NITRA) will hold its last quarter forum in Lagos.
The forum, billed to hold on December 14, in which NITRA promises to address the challenges of broadband, especially with last mile connectivity, is in collaboration with the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), the Association of Licensed Telecoms Operators of Nigeria (ALTON) and Zinox Group.
NITRA, under the supervision of the Nigerian Union of Journalists, is an umbrella body for journalists reporting information and communications technology in Nigeria.
The Executive Vice Chairman/Chief Executive Officer of the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), Prof. Umar Garba Danbatta is expected to deliver the keynote at the event themed: “Achieving Last Mile Connectivity Through Affordable Broadband”. The forum will not only highlight the opportunities and challenges of deploying affordable broadband in Nigeria but will look at the strategies being adopted by the NCC to achieve this.
Experts argue that in order to address Nigeria’s last mile connectivity, it is important that the federal government creates incentives that would encourage telcos to invest in connectivity in rural areas and other less profitable regions. This will entail further boosting the effect of the Universal Service Provision Fund (USPF).
A statement from NITRA notes that achieving last mile connectivity in Nigeria, requires concerted efforts among Governments, Civil Society Organizations, Policymakers, mobile operators, service providers, academia among others. It also requires a combination of solutions ranging from policies to technologies and transparency to regulations.
Recall that the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) had in 2016, rolled out an 8-point agenda aimed at broadband access and penetration. Through the agenda, the NCC hoped to promote deployment of universally available, fast and reliable network infrastructure that will stimulate seamless broadband penetration to drive technology innovation and overall productivity of Nigeria’s economy.
In the last two years, NITRA has through the Quarterly forum engaged ICT stakeholders to brainstorm on various topical issues affecting the ICT industry in Nigeria.