The demand for broadband connectivity has exploded in Nigeria in 2020. Optical fiber is one of the infrastructures that can help meet this growing need. The government remains committed to accelerating the deployment of telecoms infrastructure across the country.
29 Nigerian states still refuse to apply the single tariff of 145 naira (0.38 USD) per meter of optical fiber defined for deployment by telecom operators. Only the states of Kaduna, Katsina, Plateau, Ekiti, Kwara, Anambra and Imo have complied. Communications and Digital Economy Minister Ali Isa Pantami lamented this on Saturday March 27, during the virtual forum hosted by the Association of Telecommunications Companies of Nigeria (ATCON).
“ At this meeting, I made a presentation on the benefits of broadband and requested buy-in from governors for the implementation of the National Broadband Plan and Digital Nigeria’s Digital Economy Policy […] We have received reports that some states have introduced unnecessary charges which have increased charges beyond the agreed amount. We are discussing with the states involved in such cases, with a view to remedying this disparity, ”said Ali Isa Pantami.
Following the Covid-19 crisis that occurred last year, consumers have developed new data consumption habits. The government has also pledged to further accelerate the country’s digital transformation to support socio-economic development. The need for connectivity has increased across the country.
By encouraging the various recalcitrant states to apply the single tariff for the right of way for the meter of optical fiber, the Minister of Communications and the Digital Economy wishes to accelerate the deployment of the optical fiber network across the national territory. Optical fiber is one of the assets on which the government of Nigeria is counting to increase the penetration rate of broadband to 70% by 2025.