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 Nigeria Communications Commission, NCC, has said.
According to Tony Ojobo, the Director, Public Affairs, NCC, “The event is due to hold in Busan, South Korea, from September 25 – 28, 2017.
“Expectedly, the high level delegation will be led by the Honourable Minister of Communications, Barrister Abdulraheem Adebayo Shittu. Nigeria’s Chief Telecoms Regulator and Executive Vice Chairman (EVC) of Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), Prof. Umar Garba Danbatta, 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.
“In general terms, 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 150million and about 110percent 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% broadband penetration by 2018, which currently stands at 21%.
“Nigeria will host an investment forum at ITU Telecom World 2017 and Broadband Nigeria will be at the focus of discussions.”