The demand and pressure on the existing telecommunication infrastructure has reached its breaking point,
Mrs. Johnson said this at the maiden edition of the Telecoms Stakeholders Summit 2013, hosted by the
According to her, this highlights that though investment in the sector has improved, it was still not sufficient to enable supply meet up with the demand.
She said as a responsible government and regulatory body, steps must be taken to address the situation.
"We must intervene" she said. "When you transform lives, you transform a nation. That is the power of the broadband. Broadband can increase business productivity, save lives, and increases the productivity of a nation."
The event themed 'Transforming a nation with broadband telecom as instrument for sustainable development', sought to highlight ways of improving broadband supply and availability in the country.
The Nigerian broadband market is huge and according to the NCC, is one of the top markets in the world that guarantees highest returns on investment. The commission highlighted that the focus on broadband is a welcome development, as it compliments on-going efforts to exploit the technology for
It expressed believe that broadband is going to address data communication.
"Today the internet speed is averagely low, you have low download speed, low upload speed because of the constraints of the bandwidth," the NCC said. "But with the broadband, we are going to have huge capacity of bandwidth that will drive data communication, so all of the applications namely e-learning, e-governance, e-agriculture, e-health and all of those data services that drive human development can be enhanced."
"The difference is that broadband is going to unleash the potential and capability for data communication as against just voice.
"We have gotten to a critical mass in terms of voice communication but now the next level is data communication which broadband is going to drive," it added.
Closely related to the broadband issue is the issue of quality of service. While it is believed that broadband deployment will help address the niggling issue, there are yet other factors that stymie infrastructure development in the industry.
One of the major challenges of sufficient broadband availability is believed to be the problem of infrastructure as the existing infrastructure is not capable of meeting the demand for broadband. Experts say once the needed infrastructure is in place, there will be an improvement in the quality of service.
Another challenge is the issue of multiple taxation. Experts are pushing for a one stop shop for taxes and levies on all telecom related activities. This they say is expedient because multiple taxation situations have incapacitated operators from putting infrastructure on ground where fees have to be made to the local government and to the state.
Our commitment is to satisfy all stakeholders. It is a very difficult task and our best approach is to continue to consult and to remain firm, fair and forthright. This Telecoms Stakeholders Summit is part of the opportunity for stakeholders to share their differences and experiences. He highlighted that a major consumer complaints was that of fluctuating quality of service.
The commission said once insufficient infrastructure and multiple taxation issues are addressed, the problem of infrastructure in the telecoms industry will be reduced to a large extent.
Funke Opeke, CEO
"We are delighted at the
Three states, Akwa Ibom, Ekiti and the host, Lagos State, were well represented, and they all expressed optimism and desire to work together with other stakeholders to achieve better telecom services from service providers/operators.
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