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FG To Unveil Conduit Masterpiece For Easier Broadband Penetration

The Federal Government says it will soon provide a conduit masterpiece in every part of the country that will give future provider easier and cheaper installation of their services.

Prof. Isa Pantami, Minister of Communications  and Digital Economy,  said this at the  4th Edition of Policy Implementation  Assisted  Forum(PIAFO)  on Wednesday in Lagos.

Pantami said the idea tagged: National  Dig Once Policy would enable future network providers install fiber by threading it through the existing conduit.

Pantami, in his address called: Laying the foundation for ubiquitous broadband for Nigeria’s economic breakthrough, said the policy would encourage infrastructure sharing among stakeholders.

The minister, who was represented by Engr Usman Ali, Deputy Director in the Nigeria  Communication Commission  (NCC), said the “Dig Once” would discourage regular digging in the country.

The minister said that the synergy  would promote seamless installation  of fibre duct for effective  broadband and reduce the barriers to Internet  service providers.

According to him, Dig Once Policy  promotes safety  of citizens, reduces traffic congestion  on the line and allows comprehensive  planning.

The Executive  Vice Chairman,  NCC,  Prof Umar Danbatta  also represented by Engr  Usman Ali, said that NCC as the coordinating agency would ensure the policy  was obeyed to the later.

Danbatta  said that hopefully,  by the end of the year, the policy would be unveiled.

Mr Olabode Ojo, Director, Fibre Operations, IHS Nigeria  said that the policy would protect newly and recently paved roads and sidewalks and enhance the uniformity of construction.

He said that  it would ensure efficient, non-duplicative placement of infrastructure in the Public Right of Way.

Mr Chidi Ajuzie,  Group  Chief Operating  Officer,  WTES Project Limited, said the collaboration would develop an ecosystem of trust  among providers.

According to Ajuzie, it will support digital inclusion initiative, internet speed increase, price per data unit decrease, and increase data traffic  competition.

Mr Omobayo Azeez, Lead Executive, PIAFO   said that the summit was  necessary to boost Nigeria’s digital economy drive.

Azeez said that to achieve 70 per cent broadband penetration target by 2025 required an ecosystem of willing and united stakeholders. (NAN)

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