Nigeria's Federal Government (FG) is set to launch an initiative to boost broadband development and adoption in Edo, Ogun, Kwara, Katsina, Imo, Abia, Borno, and Nasarawa in the first quarter of 2024.
The initiative, the National Broadband Alliance for Nigeria, was set up by the federal government as the brainchild of the Ministry of Communications, Innovation, and Digital Economy and aims to solve low-fibre network rollout in the country. The Ministry disclosed this in a white paper released over the weekend.
Announcing the initiative in the paper, the federal government said, "To tackle the low and non-consumption challenge and its resultant poor ROI in the nationwide fibre network, the Ministry of Communications, Innovation and Digital Economy has initiated a National Broadband Alliance for Nigeria to foster collaboration for broadband development and adoption, as well as position Nigeria at the forefront of the global digital landscape."
It added that the Alliance will drive digital inclusion and awareness to ensure the inclusion of all segments of society in the digital economy and benefit from the advantages of broadband connectivity.
The office of the minister of communications noted that the Alliance will also serve as a platform for government agencies, telecommunication companies, technology providers, and civil society organisations to coordinate efforts and share resources for the nationwide expansion of broadband services.