Pantami said that with the 14.07 percent ICT contribution to the nation’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP), Nigerian government now believes that rapid rollout of broadband services will address various socio-economic challenges faced by the country…..
By Temmy Don
The federal government has set a target of covering 90 percent of the population with broadband access by 2025.
Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr. Ibrahim Pantami dropped the hint while inaugurating the Broadband Implementation Steering Committee, BISC in Abuja today.
The minister said that if well implemented, the 2020-2025 broadband plan, should be able to grow broadband penetration to 70 percent building on the already 40.18 percent the country has attained at the moment.
He said that level of penetration should also be able to cover about 90 percent of the population, spreading pervasive and ubiquitous internet access across the country.
He said: “Part of the plan is that we are targeting at least 70 percent penetration by 2025 and that at least 90 percent of our population in Nigeria should get access to broadband with that. The time we started this, the broadband penetration was 31 percent but based on the report released by the NCC just last week, the broadband penetration now is 40.18 percent. That means we achieved almost 10 percent of broadband penetration in less than a year.
“If you look at the contribution of technology to our GDP, at 14.07 percent in the first quarter of 2020, the contribution is unprecedented, and that is a clear indication that the more there is proper penetration, the more our GDP will increase” he added.
He explained that the new Broadband Plan 2020-2025, was designed to deliver data download speeds across Nigeria at a minimum of 25 megabytes per second, Mbps in urban areas, and 10Mbps in rural areas.
He argued that with effective implementation, broadband access will be available to at least 90 percent of the population by 2025 at a price, not more than N390 per gigabyte, Gb of data.
Pantami said that with the 14.07 percent ICT’s contribution to the nation’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP), Nigerian government now believes that rapid rollout of broadband services will address various socio-economic challenges faced by the country, including the need to grow its economy, create jobs, rapidly expand the tax base, and improve digital literacy and educational standards.