8% Broadband penetration in Abuja – Minister

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The Minister of Communications Technology, Dr Omobola Johnson, has confirmed that about eight per cent brand band penetration has been witnessed in Abuja.

She made the confirmation at a public function in Abuja, recently.

Johnson, informed that in 2011, about 30,000km of long haul intercity fiber optic cabling was deployed.
She noted that another 68,124km of fibre optic cables were rolled out by telecoms operators by the end of 2014.
According to her, the number represented 20.56 per cent increase from the 56,505 kilometers recorded in December, 2012.

The minister recalled that the country’s participation in events like the International Telecommunications Union (ITU), was to tell the Nation’s success story in telecoms operation.

She also called on foreign investors to invest in the country’s ICT sector, in a bid to develop its broad band market. Johnson expressed satisfaction on the country’s communication system, adding that Nigeria looks fulfilled in terms of voice communication.

Explaining that ICT has become the next oil and gas industry of Nigeria, she also admitted that it has become a gold mine.

Meanwhile, the Executive Vice Chairman of NCC, Dr Eugene Juwah, has said that Nigerian’s adoption of global best practices in regulatory activities has become an inspiration to many African countries.

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