Nigeria Takes Broadband Campaign to ITU Telecom World 2017

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Emma Okonji

The participation of Nigeria at the yearly International Telecommunications Union (ITU) conference will focus on deepening the growing broadband segment of the market in the country, the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has said.

The event is due to hold in Busan, South Korea, from September 25 – 28, 2017.

A high level delegation will be led by the Minister of Communications, Abdulraheem Adebayo Shittu. The Executive Vice Chairman of NCC, Prof. Umar GarbaDanbatta, industry stakeholders and operators will be on the delegation.
The ITU Telecom World 2017 is a global platform for major industry players, Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs), Countries and Organisations to network and share ideas about new developments and technologies that would lead to better connected societies.

It is an event for international visibility of innovative information and communications technology (ICT), products/services and solutions from around the World.

It involves high level debates on the core issues affecting ICT industry, sharing knowledge and working for sustainable development.

Although Nigeria has had a very robust telecommunications sector with active connected subscribers in the region of 150 million and about 110 per cent teledensity, the NCC believes that more efforts should be deployed to deepen broadband penetration.

By the National Broadband Plan, NBP (2013 – 2018) the country is expected to attain 30 per cent broadband penetration by 2018, which currently stands at 21%.

According to the Director, Public Affairs at NCC, Mr. Tony Ojobo, Nigeria would host an investment forum at ITU Telecom World 2017 and Broadband Nigeria will be at the focus of discussions.