Chief Executive of Etisalat Nigeria, Matthew Willsher, has urged the Ministry of Communications Technology and Nigerian Communications Commission, NCC, to put in place policy and regulatory interventions to address challenges affecting broadband development.
Willsher, who spoke at the just-concluded 2015 Commonwealth Broadband forum in Abuja, identified the current situation where most of the telecommunication sector revenues and profits go to one operator while others struggle to survive, as a major factor largely responsible for the broadband investment deficit and resultant low broadband penetration in Nigeria.
He said the presence of several struggling operators is indicative of serious underlying issues with value distribution across the industry.
He also identified inadequate spectrum to support broadband deployment as a key challenge in the provision of broadband services in Nigeria.
Willsher said: “Mobile broadband is clearly Nigeria’s best route towards achieving its broadband coverage objectives given the high cost associated with fixed broadband.
“The most valuable coverage spectrum is underutilised with the sub-optimal use of the 800MHz spectrum and the delays being experienced in the freeing up of the 700MHz spectrum.”