Federal government’s broadband plan has earned Nigeria commendation in the International community for the feats recorded in the growth of her technology space, through the broadband deployment.
Recently, Alliance for Affordable Internet A4AI, in March 2015, at Barcelona, Spain at the Mobile World Congress, ranked Nigeria number two on the Broadband Affordability Index in its 2014 Affordability report.
The research which had 51 countries was based on its current penetration and usage rates and the policy and the regulatory environment in place that could lead to further progress.
To advance the shared aim of affordable access to both mobile and fixed-line Internet in developing countries, the A4AI, which is a global coalition of private sector, public sector, and civil society organisations, came together from different countries of the world to work.
A4AI works to catalyse policy change in order to drive down the cost of broadband and unlock rapid gains in Internet penetration rates across the globe, by partnering governments, companies, policy makers to deliver open competitions and innovative broadband markets.
Executive director of A4AI, Sonia Jorge, stated her pleasure with the strong leadership and regulation of the Nigerian broadband industry in Nigeria, commenting on its robust broadband strategy, effective competition in the telecommunications sector, efficient spectrum allocation, universal access to rural and underserved population, and infrastructure sharing, among others.
Jorge read the report stating that “Nigeria comes second in the Affordability Index’s ranking of developing economies, scoring higher than other African developing economies like Kenya, Morocco and Uganda, and higher even than some emerging economies, including Mexico, South Africa, Thailand and Tunisia.
“The backbone infrastructure in Nigeria has improved significantly over the last decade, with multiple players, including Phase 3, Glo 1, Suburban Telecom, Multilink and MTN, building fibre networks that crisscross the country.
“The Telecommunications regulator, the Nigerian Communications Commission, NCC, plans to award seven licenses to regional infrastructure companies to extend broadband infrastructure nationally,” she said.

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