Nigeria is gearing up to launch the National Broadband Alliance for Nigeria in the first quarter of 2024.
pearheaded by the Ministry of Communications, Innovation, and Digital Economy, this initiative aims to address the challenges of low-fibre network rollout in Edo, Ogun, Kwara, Katsina, Imo, Abia, Borno, and Nasarawa.
The white paper, titled ‘Broadband Access for All,’ emphasizes the importance of reliable and affordable Internet access for individuals and communities, citing barriers ranging from economic to knowledge exchange.
The initiative seeks to overcome hurdles in laying optic cables and achieve universal broadband access through a collaborative, multi-stakeholder approach.
Announcing the initiative, the paper read, “To tackle the low and non-consumption challenge and its resultant poor ROI in nationwide fibre network, the Ministry of Communications, Innovation and Digital economy has initiated a National Broadband Alliance for Nigeria to foster collaboration for broadband development and adoption, as well as position Nigeria at the forefront of the global digital landscape.”
It continued, “Recognising the imperativeness of broadband in economic development, the alliance will bring together key stakeholders from the public and private sectors, as well as civil society, to collaboratively develop sustainable business model(s) for driving the adoption and consumption of Internet in key critical public institutions (schools, hospitals, government offices, libraries and markets etc.) across the nation.”
The office of the minister of communications noted that the alliance will also serve as a platform for government agencies, telecommunication companies, technology providers, and civil society organisations to coordinate efforts and share resources for nationwide expansion of broadband services.
It stated that NBAN would work closely with regulatory bodies to streamline processes and remove obstacles hindering the swift deployment of broadband networks in the country.