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NCC pledges commitment to national broadband plan

By on June 16, 2015

The Director, Consumer Affairs Bureau, Nigerian Communications Commission, Mrs. Maryam Bayi, has reiterated the commitment of the NCC to National Broadband Plan.

She stated that the auction of 30MHz bandwidth on the 2.3GHz spectrum slot conducted by the commission in February 2014 pointed to this fact.

As a result of the spectrum slot that was conducted, it will be recalled that MainOne and IHS Consortium were selected as infrastructure companies charged with the responsibility to provide metropolitan fibre and wholesale transmission services on a non-discriminatory, open access, and price-regulated basis for the Lagos and North Central zones.

Bayi spoke in Ilorin, the Kwara State capital, at the 73rd edition of NCC consumer outreach programme entitled, ‘The benefits of broadband to telecom consumers’.

She said the discussion was aimed at highlighting how Information and Communication Technology could be used to promote higher quality of life on a day-to-day basis.

Bayi says broadband refers to high-speed Internet access that is always on and faster than the traditional dial-up access. “It provides Internet access without keeping the phone line busy,” she said.

She stated that broadband service provided higher-speed of data transmission, adding that it allowed more content to be carried through the transmission ‘pipeline’ as against the provision of the narrowband.

According to her, good broadband connection to homes, offices and businesses enhances greater capacity to send and receive data far more quickly from connected computers.

“This allows you to access the Internet at a higher speed, browse the web more effectively and send and receive emails quicker. It helps to budget effectively as broadband comes at a fixed price.

“It also easily shares a connection to the Internet among several personal computers or other devices in homes as most broadband routers have wireless connectivity,” she said.

Bayi said broadband had multi-sectoral benefits, which manifest in all the sectors of the economy including but not limited to education, health care, public safety and emergency response.

She added that through broadband, new business practices and models could be adopted which would increase revenues, reduce costs and improve customer service.

According to her, being online allows businesses to be anywhere and can serve customers everywhere.

She states that broadband promotes economic development and revitalisation through electronic commerce by creating new jobs and attracting new industries.

She added that it provided access to regional, national and worldwide markets such as sites like OLX, Jumia, Konga and Deal Day.