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Report of

 

 

 

The Broadband Investment Summit

 

 

 

held on July 26- 27, 2011

 

 

 

 

 

at

Eko Hotel & Suites,

Victoria Island Lagos


 

1     Content

 

         

   

1 Content      
2 Programme of Events      
3 List of Delegates      
4 Extracts of Points and Recommendations of each Presentation    
    Welcome Address by President ATCON    
    Keynote Address by Dr  Eugene Juwah    
    Keynote Address by Ms  Funke Opeke    
    Goodwill Message by Senator Olugbenga Obadara    
    Lead Paper by Mr Fola Adeola    
    Technical Paper by Isabelle Gross    
5 Report on Commercial Presentations    
    MainOnes Presentation    
    Googles Presentation    
    Phase3s Presentation    
    VDTs Presentation    
    Mobitels Presentation    
6 The Papers as presented    
    Welcome Address    
    Dr Eugene Juwahs Keynote    
    Ms Funke Opekes Keynote    
    Mr. Fola Adeolas Lead Paper    
    Isabelle Gross  Technical Paper    
    MainOnes Commercial Presentation    
    Googles Commercial Presentation    
    Phase3s Commercial Presentation    
    VDTs Commercial Presentation    
    Mobitels Commercial Presentation    
7 Report & Recommandations of the Syndicate Sessions    
    Infrastructure Syndicate Session    
    Content Syndicate Session    
    Rural Access Syndicate Session    
8 Recommendations from Extracts of Papers & discussions    
9 Implementation Plan for the recommendations    
10 The Summit Committees    

 


 

2     Programme of Events

 

Day 1, Wednesday July 26, 2011

Breakfast : 9 30am

PLENARY Time 10 00am

 Venue - JAZZMINE HALL

 

Duration in Minutes

Organisation

Presenter

Title of Presentation

Welcome Address

10

President ATCON

Engr  Titi Omo-Ettu

Mission Statement: Broadband Access for ALL

Keynote Address

25

EVC-NCC

Dr  Eugene Juwah

 Robust Broadband Infrastructure – Key to National Development

Keynote Speech

20

MainOne Cable Company

Ms  Funke Opeke

Broadband Policy Imperatives in Nigeria

Goodwill Message

20

The National Assembly

Sen  Olugbenga Obadara

Goodwill Message from the Senate of the Federal Republic of Nigeria

 

                                                Moderator for Technical Session: Engr Ernest Ndukwe - Chairman Openmedia Group

LEAD PAPER

30

Chairman, MainOne Cable Co

Mr  Fola Adeola

Forecast of Investment Climate in Nigeria in the Next Decade:
A Broadband Services Perspective

Technical Paper

25

Balancing Act Africa

Mrs  Isabelle Gross

 Broadband Investment opportunities in infrastructure, content, & rural access to telephony in Nigeria 

Presentation 1

15

Google Nigeria

Miss Juliet Ehimuan

Support Message from Google Nigeria

Presentation 2

15

MainOne Cable Co

Mr  Adebayo Oyewole

MainOne Commercial Presentation

Presentation 3

15

Phase 3 Telecom

Mr  Olusola Teniola

Open access backbone fibre network and impact on broadband penetration

Presentation 4

15

VDT Communications

Mr  Biodun Omoniyi

Breaking the barrier to Broadband penetration in Nigeria through quality access network provision

Presentation 5

10

Vice-President ATCON

Mr  Adewale Jones

Vote of Thanks

Discussion

30

All Delegates in Plenary

 

LUNCH - DAY1

Time : 2 00pm

Venue : JAZZMINE HALL

 

DAY 2, Thursday July 27, 2011

Breakfast : 8 30am

Time 9 00am

PLENARY  Venue: JAZZMINE HALL

Moderator of Presentations in Plenary: Prof Raymond Akwule - President, Digital Bridge Institute

Presentation 6

15

Visafone

 

Commercial Presentation

Presentation 7

15

Gateway Communications

 

Commercial Presentation

Presentation 8

15

Mobitel Ltd

 

Commercial Presentation

Discussion

30

 

 

 

 

SYNDICATE SESSIONS - 4 hrs

 

Venue : JAZZMINE HALL

 

 

Duration in Minutes

Organisation

Chairman of Session

 

Infrastructure Group

60

President, DBI

Prof Raymond Akwule

 

Content Group

60

President, ITAN

Dr Jimson Olufuye

 

Rural Access Group

60

Director, USPF

Funso Fayomi Esq

 

Vote of Thanks

Mr  Adewale Jones

LUNCH - DAY 2

Time: 2 00pm

 

 

 

 

 

Venue - JAZZMINE HALL

           

 

3                List of Delegates

 

1

ABOLARINWA Emmanuel

Absolute Synergy

2

ABOLARINWA Omolola Mrs

VDT Communications Ltd

3

ACHU Blessing Ebere

VDT Communications Ltd

4

ADAJI Queen A

Kits Technologies

5

ADEBAYO Cornelius Oluwasegun (Jnr)

Phase3 Telecom Ltd

6

ADEDEJI Ayo

Super Clean Nigeria Limited

7

ADEDIRAN Taiwo A

Gateway Business

8

ADENIYI Olubunmi

Technology Times

9

ADEOLA Fola

MainOne Cable Company

10

AGBEBIYI Abimbola

Television Continental

11

AGU Anayo

U S Consulate General

12

AGUGOESI Clifford Uzoma

Africa Telecom & IT Magazine

13

AINA Lanre

Google

14

AJALA Adeola

ATCON

15

AJAO Adewole David

Nigeria ICT Forum

16

AJAYI Lanre

Pinet Informatics

17

AJIJOLA Abdul-Hakeem

Backbone Connectivity Networks

18

Akin Oyediran

MainOne Cable Company

19

AKINADE Adewale Julius

VDT Communications Ltd

20

AKINBO Akinlabi

AAA Infoteek

21

AKINOLA Oluwafunmilayo E

Unspecified

22

AKINTOLA Ramoni Olatunde

BAT Computer Technologies Ltd

23

AKIRI Ugo

Nigeria Internet Registration Association

24

AKWULE Raymond Prof

Digital Bridge Institute

25

AMADI Theophilus

Fidelity Bank Plc

26

AMAMI Henry

ATCON

27

AMANA Edet James Engr  Dr

Amana Consortium Ltd

28

AMODU Babatunde

Zmodem Solutions Limited

29

ANENE Chidi

Trugold Entertainment

30

ANNIE Essienette

Alcatel-Lucent Nig

31

ANUCHA Hyacinth

GTS- Infotel Nigeria Ltd

32

ASAJU Oluwatoyin Yusuf

NCC Abuja

33

ASHENUGA Kehinde

News Agency of Nigeria

34

ATILI Adline

The Nation

35

AYABAM Tony

Layer3

36

BADARU Shina

Technology Times

37

BADE-VICTORY Olugbenga

Bebggie Global Services Ltd

38

BALOGUN Remilekun Esther

Businessworld Communications Ltd

39

BAMIDELE Abiodun Saliu

Phase3 Telecom Ltd

40

BANJO O  Samson Engr

Joint Knosult Ltd

41

BASSEY Victoria

IT & Telecom digest

42

BASSEY Victoria

The Guardian Newspaper

43

BEKELE Tadesse

Ceragon Networks

44

BRAIMAH Glowreeyah

Mobitel Nigeria

45

Charles Urhoboghara

Africa Practice R & B

46

CHUKWU Ifeyinwa Esther

Business World

47

CHUKWUOGO Bosah

Amazon com

48

COOKEY Godpower

Nsigoo Logistics Limited

49

COOKEY Prince

Business Journal

50

DAVID O  Roberts

CeBIT Park Ltd

51

DAVIES Harry Tomi

Mobitel

52

DIM Ijeoma

Technology Times Newspaper

53

DORGU Victor

MainOne Cable Company

54

ECHEBIR Ray

Business World

55

EGBEJIMBA Ada

Businessworld Communications Ltd

56

EGBEJIMBA Remi Henry

GFK RT Nigeria

57

EJIOFOR Ifeanyi Christian

VDT communications Ltd

58

EKUWEM E  Emmanuel Dr

Teledom International Ltd

59

EMOEPERE Tony Iluagbe

Anchor Telecoms Nigeria Ltd

60

FASASI Rasaq Adiodun

MainOne Cable Company

61

FASHE Nehita

MainOne Cable Company

62

FAYOMI Olufunso  A

USPF

63

FOLAYAN Iyiola Olaoluwa

VDT Communications

64

FRASER Kim

Monarch Communication Ltd

65

GODWIN A  Morgan

Gamnet Solutions Ltd

66

GROSS Isabelle

Balancing-Act Africa

67

IBIKUNLE Derin

Mobitel Nigeria

68

IBISI Chidi

Eagle Telephonics/Africa Infr Mgt Ltd

69

IDOKO Oyage

Layer3

70

IDRIS Bashir Ayodeji

NCC

71

IGHALLO Tony

Digital Telecomm Switching System

72

IKEMEFUNA Anthony

NCC

73

IKPEME Ivy

Mobitel Nigeria

74

IKUMARIEGBE Abimbola

VDT communications Ltd

75

ILESANMI Funmi

Nigeria Communications Week

76

ILOZAVBIE Ehize

Swap Technologies & Telecoms Plc

77

IPINLEYE Isreal Timilehin

First Capital Trust Plc

78

ISOGIE Kingsley E

Africa Telecom & IT Magazine

79

JACK Peter Olu

Global ICT Ltd

80

JERETON-DAFE Faith

Cyberspace Network Limited

81

JONES Adewale

Ashfield & Bowman Arthoney

82

Joseph Emeshili Engr

NCC

83

JOSEPH-UCHEA Anthonia

Cyberspace Network Ltd

84

KAMANOU P  F  Dr

GTS- Infotel Nigeria Ltd

85

KAYODE Gbenga

Wordkraft Communications Ltd

86

LAWSON Ovih

Business World

87

MARCUS Titilope

Radial Circle Telecoms Ltd

88

MBANEFO Ifeanyi

Nigeria Limited

89

MOUKA Reuben

NCC

90

Muyiwa Ogungboye

Estream Networks Ltd

91

NDUBISI Chimezie Emmanuel

Africa Telecom & IT Magazine

92

NDUKWE Ernest

Open Media Group

93

NDUKWE Isaiah

Fidelity Bank Plc

94

NJEMANZE Okey

Spring Bank Plc

95

NMACHI Jidenma

Google

96

NNAJI Ambrose

 Unspecified

97

NNAJI Charles Nnaemeka

Zoom Mobile Nig LTD

98

NNAJI Esther Thomas

Unspecified

99

NWANKWO Kelechi

NCC

100

NWAULUNE Austine

NCC

101

Nwokoro Emilia

NCC

102

NWOSU Alexandy Chudi

DCC Networks

103

NWOSU C  Raphael

Fidelity Bank Plc

104

NWOSU Tony Engr

Global Access Technology

105

NZEKWE Harold Obumneme

Tycoon Media Ltd

106

OBINWANNE Kenneth  C

Standard Alliance Life Assurance Ltd

107

ODEKUNLE Jide Chief

Ceragon Networks

108

OFILI Myke

Helios Towers Nig Ltd

109

OGALA Imade Anne

Cyberspace Network Limited

110

OGUNBANJO Deolu Chief

NATCOMS

111

OGUNBAYO S  Ibikunle Engr

KOA Consultants Ltd

112

OGUNDOGBA Bolanle  E

MainOne Cable Company

113

OJEME Michael

Mikado Communications Ltd

114

OKECHA A  Otuya

Phase3 Telecom Ltd

115

OKERE Nneka

Africa Telecom & IT Magazine

116

OKEREKE Lois

Businessworld Communications Ltd

117

OKETOLA Dayo

Punch Nigeria Ltd

118

OKOLO I O  Innocent

Far Eye Marketing & Comm  Ink  Ltd

119

OKORIE Devoe

Mobitel Nigeria

120

OKOTORE Yinka

Interwireless Consultant

121

OKOYA Taofeek

Kits Technologies

122

OKPATAKU Ndidi (Mrs)

Blue George Consult (West Africa)

123

OKPATAKU Odigie George Engr  Dr

Blue George Consult (WA)

124

OKUDO Azubuike E I

Gateway Business

125

OKUEKHAMHEN Irene

IT Student

126

OKUESO Folukemi Adetoun

Student

127

OKUNAIYA Paul

First Capital Trust Plc

128

OKUNEYE Aderonke Omolola

Student

129

OLEWUNNE J  Kelechi

Businessworld Communications Ltd

130

OLUDE Sanni

Fidelity Bank Plc

131

OLUFUYE Jimsom

ITAN/WITSA

132

OMERUO Kenneth

Emerging Media

133

OMIDIJI Daisi

Business World Communications Ltd

134

OMO-ETTU Titi

Telecom Answers Associates

135

OMOLE Ranti

Radial Circle Telecommunications Ltd

136

OMONIYI Abiodun

VDT Communications Ltd

137

OMOYENI Victor Collins

VDT Communications Ltd

138

ONYEWUCHI Chinedu

Allvoices

139

OPADELE Tomiwa

Communications Way & Means Ltd

140

OPARA George

MainOne Cable Company

141

OPEKE Funke

MainOne Cable Company

142

OSHONI Oyebode Jenrola

First Bank of Nigeria

143

OSUCHUKWU Oyiboamaka

VDT Communications Ltd

144

OVUOMAYE Okeoghene Oghale

Nigeria Telecom News

145

OYEWOLE Adebayo

MainOne Cable Company

146

OYIBO Anthoneth Oghenekeuwe

Cyberspace Network Ltd

147

POPO-OLA Olaoye

IT Student

148

RAJI Oladipo

DCC Networks

149

RIMINI Makama

Africa Practice

150

RUNSEWE Gbenga

Internet Solutions

151

SABAT Anant

Cyberspace Network Ltd

152

SHANKARAN Srinivasan

Stallion Nigeria Ltd

153

SHARMA Chittaranjan

Meridian Technologies Ltd

154

SHOBANJO Olubukola Zainab

 Unspecified

155

SOGBETUN Oluremi

CWM Ltd

156

SPANN Ken

System Tech

157

TENIOLA Olusola

Phase3 Telecom

158

TOOKI Abimbola

Businessworld Communications Ltd

159

UDOH Charles

Adam & Agnes Ltd

160

UGWUJA Judith

Unspecified

161

UKONTIA Saviour

eWorld Magazine

162

UKONU Ukonu

Alcatel-Lucent Nig

163

ULINKHIFO Ehichoya

Globacom Ltd

164

UYAMASI Isioma Julian

Businessworld Communications Ltd

165

YOUNG-HARRY Dagogo A

Gateway Business

166

YUSSUF Kayode

Telecom Answers Associates

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

4     Extracts of
Points and Recommendations of each Presentation

 

4A     Welcome Address

 

In a welcome address, President of ATCON, Engr  Titi Omo-Ettu said:

  1. The summit was to fashion out how broadband would serve as an enabler to connecting the next 50 million telecom USERS in Nigeria 

  2. The Association desires to push for a change of index of industry development from number of connected lines to number of telecom users

  3. 70% of industry problems are traceable to poor accessibility to reliable public electricity, which would be left to the Federal Government to solve 

  4. 30% of the problems that confronted the industry in Nigeria are traceable to all other factors such as low technical skills, poor access to finance, barrier to Investment etc, all of which would be discussed at the Summit

 

He congratulated NCC for its regulatory astuteness and USPF for supporting the summit with sponsorship, ideas and logistics  

 

 

 


 

4B    Dr Eugene Juwah s Keynote Address

 

A Keynote Address titled Robust Broadband Infrastructure – Key to National Development was delivered by Engr  Augustine Nwaelune on behalf of Dr  Eugene Juwah, Executive Vice-Chairman (EVC) of the Nigerian Communications Commission, NCC

 

The EVC

  1. Commended ATCON for organizing the timely Summit

  2. Averred that Broadband represent huge opportunities for social and economic progress of any nation or people  It facilitates the delivery of more effective healthcare and banking, better education, smoother and more transparent governance, sustainable environment, more efficient transportation, national security as well as smarter and more economical energy supplies

  3. Said Broadband network and service have brought Transformation to businesses and markets, Significant Wealth, Economy’s growth, Empowerment of individuals, organizations and communities

  4. Argued that these visibly define how equipped businesses, people, communities and institutions would be when given access to Broadband

  5. Reiterated that the Commission has undertaken initiatives such as the Wire Nigeria (WIN) and State Accelerated Broadband initiative (SABI) to gear towards the same objectives  While WIN was designed to provide broadband transmission facilities to all concern Nigeria, SABI was a complement to drive broadband to homes at affordable levels 

 

The Challenges

Fibre deployment has different constraints including Administrative procedures for securing  Right of Way” urban and regional planning, complexity of roles within the system and other local issues

 

What the commission is doing:

The Commission is currently exploring the  Open Access Model” for effective deployment of a national fibre network that will ensure an even platform for the service providers and enhance the achievement of the nation’s e-economy goals

Open Access Model is a framework for infrastructure sharing  Implementation of this model will bridge gap in Broadband deployment at a reduced price

The Open Access Model is the easiest, quickest and cheapest way of deploying a national Broadband infrastructure  It will extend Broadband coverage to un-served and underserved areas; encourage use of ICT primary, secondary and tertiary institutions 

 

What the commission will do

The commission will collaborate with stakeholders for funding facilitate agreement between various arms of government and engage in dispute resolution amongst the various stakeholders as they arise

He asked the Summit for input into Policy development on Broadband

 

 


 

4C   CEO of MainOne, Ms Funke Opeke s Keynote Speech

 

Keynote Speech by CEO, MainOne Cable, Ms  Funke Opeke titled: Broadband Policy Imperatives in Nigeria

 

 

Ms  Funke Opeke thanked the Summit organisers, highlighted MainOne’s $240m investment in submarine cable system, a one year successful 100% uptime operation and the Company’s proven ability to deliver to a high quality international connectivity services to large segment of telecom operators and internet service providers in Nigeria and Ghana

 

She noted Nigerians’ demand for a faster speed, lower price and an improved quality service, explaining that  Main-One has removed capacity availability and quality of services bottleneck, but Nigerians need to feel the impact of what had been done through further penetration of Broadband services in Nigeria 

 

She equally mentioned that there are critical policy imperatives to increasing broadband penetration in Nigeria which, if not addressed, would impact negatively on the nation’s development objectives

 

Development objectives for broadband?

 

Investments in high-speed networks improve the quality of service and promote the creation of even more complex or bandwidth intensive applications  These applications attract more users by increasing the value of broadband and supports wider investments in network and quality of services

Wide spread access to services allows users to create their own content, again driving the demand for high quality services that can do more than simply download content, but also allow sharing among users 

In addition to this, she used Kenyan Government as an example of a government that publicized a national ICT Policy on four guiding principles  These are:

  1. Infrastructure development

  2. Human resource development

  3. Stakeholder participation

  4. Appropriate policy and regulatory framework

The set goals gave rise to a comprehensive policy, legal and regulatory framework with the objective to:

  1. Support ICT development, investment and application

  2. Promote competition in the industry where appropriate

  3. Ensure affordability and access to ICT nationally

 

Examples of policy objectives include:

  1. Providing all primary schools with affordable internet access by the year 2015; and all secondary and tertiary institutions to have affordable internet access by the year 2010

  2. Encouraging Kenyans to participate in the sector through equity ownership  Consequently, any firm licensed to provide telecommunication services is required to have at least 30% Kenyan equity ownership

  3. Facilitate shared infrastructure, right of ways

 

She added that countries with existing broadband strategies are Korea, Singapore, Sweden, Finland, France, Japan, UK and USA, adding that there is an urgent need to develop and implement a National Broadband policy in Nigeria with the the support of the new ICT ministry and the policy needs to:-

  1. Create demand and drive promotion strategies by allowing government intervene in market creation and facilitation, by promoting broadband adoption and use; make broadband access and services more attractive and accessible to potential subscribers and users by helping to lower prices, putting public services online, and encouraging the diffusion of access devices such as computers

  2. Establish an enabling environment for competition and investment by removing market entry barriers with supply-side policies that enable the development of access to broadband-enabling network operators and services providers to enter market easily, operate on a level playing field, and where necessary, provide financial support to reach high-cost areas 

She argued that a situation where calls from Lagos to London cost less than calls within in Lagos must stop  Bulk capacity has no valid economic reason to cost more from Lagos to Abuja than Lagos to London

 

She added that based on global best practices, polices that facilitate competition are the most typical and important and have been implemented consistently and compellingly from the initial to maturity stages of market development to drive growth  Such Government policy support allows new market entrants to compete effectively with dominant incumbents such that economies of scale and externalities do not play significant roles in determining the success of communications providers

 

In her words, summary of Broadband Policy Imperative for Nigeria should include:

  1. Set ambitious goals for broadband penetration, devise and actively implement strategies to achieve e g  40% penetration nationwide, access to all geo-political zones and indeed all local government areas and interconnection of educational institutions, especially from secondary to university level

  2. Make competition policies to promote market growth by facilitating shared access and fair pricing of terrestrial backbone networks which dominant operators leverage to block new competitors  Indeed, the collapse of multi-links shows that building a national backbone is no assurance of commercial success, though lack of access proves a high barrier presented by existing facilities based operators to block out new players  Recall the battle between GSM companies at inception and NITEL over interconnect

  3. Facilitate demand through the funding of initiatives in ICT adoption, e-government and e-commerce in order to create local content and jobs

 

 


 

4D   Goodwill Message

by Senator Olugbenga Obadara of the National Assembly

 

Senator Olugbenga Obadara in a short Goodwill message:

  1. Identified critical problem of electricity

  2. Promised that the Senate would work together with the Minister of Power so that by 2013; there will be at least 12 hours of uninterrupted power supply across the nation

  3. Recommended mergers and acquisitions among telecoms operators to stem distress

  4. Canvassed for appropriate pricing and the improvement of quality of the internet services 

 

 

 

 


 

4E    The Lead Paper by Mr Fola Adeola

 

A Lead paper titled Forecast of Investment Climate in Nigeria in the Next Decade:
A Broadband Services Perspective was presented by Mr Fola Adeola, Chairman, Board of Directors, Main One Cable Company Limited

 

Trends and current Investment overview:

  1. Nigeria’s economy is the 3rd  fastest growing in the world - IMF

  2. Nigeria, together with China and India, was forecasted to lead global economic growth in the next decade – IMF

  3. Nigeria economy continues to see significant growth in the wake of global recession, stimulated by the ever increasing global demand for crude oil and

  4. the attendant impact on its United States dollars price per barrel

  5. Expert forecast GDP growth, even with current levels of infrastructure challenges, to increase to 8 4% in 2011 and 8 5% by the year 2012, and

  6. consumer confidence is forecast to rise as naira is expected to strengthen against the dollar 153: 1 by end of FY 2011 and 150:1 by end of FY 2012

  7. United Nation Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), Inflows of about USD 6 billion was recorded in 2009 alone, making Nigeria the

  8. nineteenth highest recipient of FDI in the world for that year

 

Investment Growth Prognosis and Broadband Services as key Facilitator

  1. Nigeria has a high return on investment profile  In particular, her improved oil sector performance should readily provide significant government funds to support infrastructure growth

  2. Nigerian business and economic environment should witness renewed investment interest in the next decade

  3. Future investment growth in the country would itself rely on investments in pervasive deployment of ICT infrastructure, particularly those that support the mass distribution of innovative broadband services critical to improved efficiency and overall productivity in both public and private enterprises

  4. Broadband is changing how we educate children, deliver health care, manage energy, ensure public safety, engage government, and access, organize and disseminate knowledge

  5. Going by a landmark study published by the World Bank in 2009, for every 10% increase in Internet penetration, there is a resultant 1 3% growth in GDP

  6. Information and communications sector (telecommunications, media, Internet, etc ) in Nigeria is expected to grow by about 52% by the year 2015, according to a World Bank Report

  7. Enterprises in Nigeria will need to deploy ICT technologies and solutions dependent on broadband services quite rapidly to remain globally relevant  Diverse investment opportunities will therefore continue to exist in broadband infrastructure, services and products, medium (i e  outsourcing) and content etc  amongst others

 

Conclusion

  1. Broadband Investment in Nigeria is highly feasible

  2. Government Policy on ICT/ broadband needs to be developed

 

 


 

4F    The Technical Paper by Isabelle Gross

 

Mrs  Isabelle Gross, Research Manager at Balancing Act, UK, presented the Technical paper titled Business Opportunities in Infrastructure, Rural Access to Telephony and Content in Nigeria

 

Investment opportunity areas is divided into three (3) major segments

  1. Infrastructure

  2. Rural Telephony

  3. Content

 

Cross-border and national connectivity

  1. More than 20 national links built in the last  3/4 years, but they are not enough

  2. Fibre routes are built as a response to cover operators own current transmission needs  The cost of using them remains very expensive compared to international connectivity 

 

Metropolitan fibre networks

 

A lot has been done by Operators but it is so far not sufficient  Metropolitan rings need to be built out to provide more capacity (to a growing number of mobile Internet users) and redundancy 

 

Rural Telephony opportunities and challenges

  1. A conductive regulatory environment (in order to support and protect private investments)

  2. A compelling business case (public funding required in none viable commercial areas, rural areas) 

  3. Collecting funds from the telecoms operators is useless unless the money is really put to use: there needs to be greater focus on universal access policies from some governments

  4. Overcome the lack of transparency and administrative procedure regarding universal access programmes: there needs to be more effective co-ordination between governments, regulators and operators

  5. Prioritise projects: short-term and niche areas projects versus major new infrastructure projects   

  6. Existing large scale operators outsource the less profitable parts of their operation: the companies doing the outsourcing contracts expand into uncovered areas

 

Content Opportunities

·         Mobile payments and transactional services 

·         E-government services (with a technical focus on developing m-government services because more people have access to a phone than to a computer) 

·         Business information, education, health web and mobile applications

·         Online publication and digital archiving of local content (TV content, official documents, etc)

 

In general terms Isabelle informed the Summit that:

 

·         There are business opportunities in infrastructure building, content development and rural telephony

·         The major bottleneck of distributing fibre is now two-fold: delivering that capacity around the country (distribution) and getting it to consumers and businesses locally (last mile)

·         While distribution links have been built, these links are built to serve the service provider’s own transmission needs

·         untapped investment opportunities remain in building missing infrastructure links, in improving resilience and redundancy and providing more competitive services

·         The lack of a proper fixed line network makes the case of mobile Internet more compelling 

·         In order to support this growing mobile data traffic the operators will need to find more efficient ways to backhaul their data traffic 

·         Access to fibre points to off-load data traffic will become an important aspect of delivering a good quality mobile data service to a growing base of subscribers

·         The failure of Rural Access to telephony and data services is largely as a result of a combination of two main factors: the telecoms operators have mainly been focussing on urban areas which are easier to reach and offer greater revenue opportunities; the telecoms regulators have lacked or have failed in implementing effective universal service policies and programmes

·         The two main challenges to overcome are related to putting in place a conductive and pro-active regulatory environment to encourage the provision of telephony in rural areas and to develop business model that make rural telephony services a viable business

·         A growing number of internet subscribers and a lack of localised content signify growth potentials

·         There should be more innovative approaches (e g  advertising) to monetise the provision of  content

 

 

 

 

 

 

5     Commercial Presentations

 

5A   MainOnes Presentation

 

Mr Adebayo Oyewole, told the Summit that MainOne Cable Company:

 

·         Has over 70000Km of submarine cable from Portugal to Nigeria

·         Has point of presence in Ghana and Nigeria

·         Offered 100% network availability since commencement of operations in July 2010

·         Partners with Epsilon and TATA

·         Offers services that are affordable, Innovative and reliable

·         Has 1 92Tbps bandwidth in the phase 1 upgradable to  4 Tbps

·         Will be launch IP Product In August

·         Has POP in Lagos, Ghana, Portugal and London


 

5B    Google s Presentation

 

Google’s Country Manager Miss Juliet Ehimuan, informed the Summit that:

 

·         Broadband provides the opportunity to take content beyond borders

·         Nigeria is the second largest video outlet in the world

·         80% of the demand for video content comes from outside Nigeria

·         Broadband also helps in developing Education – access to school Library and transformed the Education Experience

·         Broadband should be a fundamental human right in Nigeria

·         Broadband is an economic driver

·         Internet usage per Capita in Nigeria is still low, this signifies growth opportunities in broadband access provision

·         Broadband can bring exponential growth to existing 2 million plus SMEs in Nigeria, thereby causing direct growth the economy

·         Over 380 post-secondary institutions need broadband access, this is a huge business opportunity

·         Nigeria’s entertainment sector is a huge content provider, waiting to be taken online

·         Google is facilitating the creation of local content in Nigeria

 

 


 

 

5C   Phase3s Presentation

 

Title of Presentation:

Open Access Backbone Fibre Network and Its Impact on Broadband Penetration

 

Mr  Olusola Teniola, Chief Operating Officer of Phase 3 Telecom informed the Summit that:

 

·         Nigeria is largely underserved with broadband access

·         By 2013, the percentage contribution of Telecoms Industry to National GDP is expected around 6 to 7 %

·         There would be continued investments in BTS and MW segment to improve coverage

·         Slow and steady growth of capital intensive Fiber project

·         50% additional BTS roll out is expected by Year 2014, this shows liberalization of the telecoms sector by the NCC would improve sector growth

·         Open Access Model would help broadband operators to reduce CAPEX, control their OPEX and increase the chance of new investments to new infrastructure

·         Open Access adopts supportive regulations that embrace innovation & competition

·         Open Access encourages competitive ecosystems

·         Open Access releases spectrum suitable for sustain broadband deployment

·         Open Access model has been adopted by Phase3 Telecom since 2007 and is the only truly open access terrestrial fibre network in Nigeria and ECOWAS countries

·         Open Access model works well when it is based on trust and a uniform standardised access policy

 


 

5D   VDTs Presentation

 

 

Title of Presentation:

Breaking the Barrier to broadband Penetration in Nigeria through Quality Access Network Provision

 

Mr  Biodun Omoniyi, CEO of VDT Communications Ltd informed the Summit that :

 

·         Internet penetration is increasing annually

·         Broadband access is being used as an indicator for economic growth and performance

·         Broadband access can effectively measure several economic variables such as: annual employment growth rates, housing rental rates, rate of growth in the number of business establishments per sector

·         Increase in fibre landings increases provides bandwidth at reduced cost

·         The economic divide between urban and rural parts of Nigeria can be bridged by broadband access provision

 

He Recommended that:

 

·         The Nigerian Government creates a consistent policy and regulatory framework to enable the Service providers establish a deeper broadband penetration through the provision of quality access network


 

5E    Mobitels Presentation

 

Mr Tomi Davies, Chief Operating Officer of Mobitel told the Summit that:

 

·         Nigeria has overtaken South Africa as Africa s largest market

 

·         Poor quality of service deters consumer s broadband usage

 

·         Affordable price, reliability & speed of broadband access are what would attract users

 

·         Social media is the king of broadband content today

 

·         LTE is the focus for providers, while Wimax  Is a transit phase for LTE

 

·         To be stronger, operators need to form alliances, mergers and acquisition

 

·         Tele-presence, e-health, social networks, video streaming, online training are what would drive broadband

 

·         It is not the technology that matters, its what you do with it

 

·         65% of internet users in Nigeria are under 35 yrs and 45% of all African traffic comes from Nigeria

 

·         Mobitel offers high grade always-on service

 

 

 






 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

6     The Papers as Presented

 

6A   Welcome Address as presented

 

Broadband Investment Summit, 2011

 

Welcome Address

by

Engr Titi Omo-Ettu, President ATCON

 

 

Distinguished captains of our industry,

Ladies and gentlemen,

 

On behalf of the Association of Telecommunications Companies of Nigeria and Businessworld Communications Ltd, I welcome you to this first major outing of the implementation of a broadband roadmap where access is the bridge between sustaining the gains of the last decade and preparing for the challenges of the next

 

 

It may be strange information to many of us that when we weighted the problems which confront our industry as a component of the Nigeria economy, all the issues of low technical skills, poor access to financing, barrier to investment, and all that - all constitute 30%  It is in finding solution to this 30% that we are gathered to brainstorm and chart a path

 

The other 70%, that which is constituted by a poor access to reliable public electricity that refuses to go away can only be left for Government to work at sorting out

 

 

In the next two days using two keynote speeches One Lead Paper, one technical paper, six commercial presentations and two syndicate sessions of Business discussion, we will closely examine issues of Infrastructure, Content and rural access in the mission to motivate investment, build a market, remove access barriers, and encourage infrastructure construction especially in the local loop

 

Destination: using broadband as enabler to connect the next 50million telecommunications users in Nigeria

 

We re-iterate that we will now dispense with the number of connected lines as an index of our industry development as it has become redundant and rather shift emphasis to using the actual number of our citizens who have access to telecommunications as a more insightful index of planning and developing our market

 

We congratulate the Nigerian Communications Commission for its regulatory astuteness even in face of current difficulties and we particularly remain grateful to the Universal Service Provision Fund, USPF, for finding this Summit worthy of its support not just in terms of  funding, but also with ideas and logistics

 

We promise to capture and incorporate into our direction of travel the major ideas that you investors, technocrats, and business leaders portend here at the summit

 

There is an exhibition of relevant products relevant to our theme at the Food of Sun

 

Regrettably a few pages in the Investors Guide publication which we intended to present to delegates here were mutilated and we had to order a reprint  Please accept my personal apology for this  We promise that every delegate who leaves his/her courier delivery address on the Registration Form will receive one copy as soon as it is out of the press 

 

Thank you and God bless

 

Titi Omo-Ettu

 

6B    Dr Eugene Juwah s Keynote Address as presented

 

Robust broadband infrastructure:

key to national Development

 

A keynote address presented by
Dr  Eugene Juwah, Executive Vice-chairman / CEO,
Nigerian Communications Commission

at ATCON s broadband summit

 

held at Eko Hotels and Suites, Victoria Island Lagos

from July 26-July 27, 2011

 

 

 

 

Protocol

I am pleased to be invited to participate and give this keynote address at this Broadband Investment Summit organized under the aegis of the Association of Telecommunications Companies of Nigeria (ATCON)  This indeed is a good time and place to address broadband, its policy direction from the perspective of government and what the Nigerian Communications Commission is doing in this respect  I must congratulate ATCON for this initiative  But then, what is broadband?

 

 

Many people in the past have defined broadband in terms of numbers; bits/sec, but the trend is changing fast, the emphasis now is on what can be delivered  The Secretary General of the International Telecommunications Union (ITU), Dr  Hamadoun I  Touré, defining broadband during Informatica 2011, in a speech he presented on February 8, 2011, in Havana, Cuba, said and I quote  I do not want to define any particular speed for this kind of connection to the Internet — because speeds are constantly rising as technologies advance  Rather, broadband means connections that are ‘always on’, without the need to dial-up every time you want to go online  Broadband also means high-capacity networks that can deliver very large amounts of information simultaneously  As a result, they can deliver voice, data and

video, all at the same time ”

 

 

The world today is faced with growing challenges such as rising population, poverty, epidemics, climate change etc  But we also have the tools of information and communication technologies (ICT) of unprecedented power to help us meet these challenges  Prime among them is broadband access to the Internet, which is creating a revolution in how services are delivered, industrial processes are managed, researches are carried out and so on

 

 

Broadband represents huge opportunities for social and economic progress of any nation or people  It facilitates the delivery of more effective healthcare and banking, better education, smoother and more transparent governance, sustainable environment, more efficient transportation, national security, as well as smarter and more economical energy supplies

 

 

Robust Broadband networks and services have also globally, brought about considerable transformation to businesses and markets, significant wealth, and growth in economies  Empowerment of individuals, organizations and communities are the further resultants  Access to Broadband visibly defines how equipped, businesses, people, communities and institutions are; to participate in today’s digital and smart global economy

 

 

Traditionally, internet has been accessed via copper networks, but these networks are slow, have low capacities and poor quality of service (QoS) and grossly inadequately provisioned in Nigeria  The global revolution towards adopting a more efficient broadband access has led to the deployment of fibre networks worldwide  Fibre networks are more cost effective, have a higher carrying capacity than copper or wireless networks, have greater transmission speeds and provide better quality experience for internet users who increasingly demand video and file sharing

 

 

For Nigeria to realize its Vision 20:2020 goal of becoming one of the 20 largest economies in the world by 2020, it is essential that we take advantage of the broadband revolution sweeping across the world, by addressing fibre deployment challenges and position ourselves as an  e-economy” capable of providing unlimited access to the world and global resources

Now Ladies and gentlemen, let us look at some policy direction of the National Telecommunications Policy, 2000 (NTP 2000) and the mandate of the Commission in this area from the Nigerian Communications Act, 2003  (NCA 2003) NTP 2000, Chapter 2, subsection 2 1(ii) To promote widespread access to advanced communications technologies and services, in particular the Internet and related capabilities

 

 

NTP 2000, Chapter 2, subsection 2 2 (ii) To meet telecommunications service needs of the social, commercial and industrial sectors of the economy  NTP 2000, Chapter 2, subsection 2 2 (viii) To encourage the development of an information super-highway that will enable Nigerians enjoy the benefits of globalization and convergence

 

The Nigerain Communications Act 2003 (NCA 2003) mandates the Commission among others, but as it relates to the subject matter to perform the following:

 

Section 4, subsection q: Preparation and implementation of programmes and plans that promote and ensure the development of the communications industry and the provision of communications services in Nigeria

 

Section 4, subsection u: Generally advising and assisting communications industry stakeholders and practitioners with a view to the development of the industry and attaining the objectives of this Act and its subsidiary legislation

 

From the above provisions, the policy direction on broadband and other advanced technologies are clear; there is focus on development of information Super –highway which typifies broadband provisioning

 

Pursuing the above policy direction, the Nigerian Communications Commission licensed different categories of operating companies for the delivery of these broadband services across the country

 

 

The Commission has also undertaken initiatives like the Wire Nigeria (WIN) and State Accelerated Broadband initiative (SABI) geared towards the same objectives  While WIN was designed to provide broadband transmission facilities to all corners of Nigeria, SABI was a complement to drive broadband to homes at affordable levels

 

Today, however, the companies licensed to provide these services face infrastructural and operational challenges  Fibre deployment is plagued with different constraints including among others; administrative procedures for securing  rights of way”, urban and regional planning, complexity of roles within the system, and other local issues

 

 

To have true broadband services ladies and gentlemen, there has to be a shift, and that shift is towards a structured proliferation of fibre infrastructure across the Country  Considering the foregoing therefore, the Commission is currently exploring the  Open Access Model” for the effective deployment of a national fibre network that will ensure an even platform for the service providers and enhance the achievement of the nation’s  e-economy” goals

 

 

The open access model is a framework for infrastructure sharing  In this model the roles of the Infrastructure Provider and Service Provider are separated and services will be provided on a fair and non-discriminatory basis    Implementation of this model will bridge the gaps in broadband deployment at a reduced price  Presently the ownership options, pricing and deployment strategies are being explored  Inputs are welcomed from this summit

 

 

The Commission will license the Independent Infrastructure Provider, regulate lease rates as well as retail rates to consumers  Additionally, the Commission will collaborate with stakeholders for funding, facilitate agreements between various arms of government and engage in dispute resolution amongst the various stakeholders as they arise

 

 

The Commission believes that the Open Access model is the easiest, quickest and cheapest way of deploying a national broadband infrastructure  It will extend broadband coverage to unserved and underserved areas, encourage use of ICT in primary, secondary, and tertiary institutions  This will create value and enhance learning, knowledge transfer, governance, healthcare, security, commerce and employability of the workforce  It will also foster the diversification of the economy and contribute substantially to GDP growth  It is worthy to note that Countries such as Sweden, Singapore, Netherlands, United Arab Emirates, and South Africa among others have adopted the open access model or variants with successes

 

I am convinced that with the caliber of representation at this event, the outcome will be a definite repositioning of the country to take advantage of the potentials of broadband in national development

 

 

I wish you a fruitful deliberation

 

 

Thank you for listening and God bless you

 

 

 


 

6C   Ms Funke Opeke s Keynote speech as presented

 

 

BROADBAND POLICY IMPERATIVES IN NIGERIA

 

A Keynote Address by Ms  Funke Opeke, CEO Main One Cable Company, at ATCON Broadband Investment Summit, July 26, 2011

 

 

ALL PROTOCOLS OBSERVED:

 

Main One is appreciative of the recognition we have received from ATCON in their invitation to anchor this first of a kind Broadband Investment Summit  We commend Engineer Omo-Ettu and the ATCON executive for the initiative and hope that the dialogue over the next two days results in actions that result in the connection of the next 50m users in Nigeria to the Internet within 5 years

 

We address the summit with this connectivity objective in mind and based on our experience having raised and invested $240m in the Main One Submarine Cable system to facilitate this same objective  Having had one year of successful operation behind us, we have proven our ability to deliver what we promise and during this first year, we have connected the majority of the large telecom operators and internet service providers in Nigeria and Ghana to the Main One network  But this is not enough!

 

We are not pleased with the progress we have made in bringing broadband services to the overall population in Nigeria because we hear feedback from consumers daily that they are not feeling the impact of our network  Nigerian consumers tell us in very clear terms that they want faster speeds, lower prices and improved quality from their retail Internet service providers  Recently, a senior official of a National institution described how he experienced faster access to the institutions’ web page from outside Nigeria, than from within Nigeria and how disappointed he was that critical web sites of National significance are currently hosted offshore  This is the opportunity that we are here to address today  Main One as a pioneer in this area has removed the bottleneck of limited international bandwidth, high cost, and unreliable connectivity, and Nigerians and the Nigerian economy need to feel more impact from what we have done

 

Why is it important for Nigerians to feel the impact? Drawing on the example in the United States, which is the most technologically advanced nation in terms of ICT, the country in 2010 published a National broadband policy because  broadband is becoming what electricity was to the industry and for economic development to take place, and to ensure that the United States remains competitive, we must have easy and affordable broadband access for all citizens”

 

Likewise, the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) has called for a multifaceted national broadband policy in Nigeria because they see that it as critical to development  As stakeholders in the broadband economy of Nigeria, we could not agree more that there are critical policy imperatives to increasing broadband penetration in Nigeria which if not addressed will have an adverse impact on the nation’s development objectives

 

So, what are the development objectives for broadband and how exactly do we define broadband?

 

We choose to adopt a World Bank definition which describes broadband as an interconnected, multilayered ecosystem of high-capacity communications networks, services, applications  These elements create an ecosystem because:

 

-          Investments in high-speed networks improve the quality of service and promote the creation of even more complex or bandwidth-intensive applications

-          Applications attract more users by increasing the value of broadband and supports wider investments in networks and quality of services

-          Wide spread access to services allows users to create their own content, again driving the demand for high quality services that can do more than simply download‘ content, but also allow sharing among users

 

The World Bank has found that in low- and middle-income countries every 10 percentage point increase in broadband penetration accelerates economic growth by 1 38 percentage points—more than in high-income countries and more than for other telecommunications services

 

Developing other elements of the broadband ecosystem also provides economic benefits  For example, the growth of Internet-related services and applications has created jobs and led to the creation of new businesses  For example, in November 2009 Google had a market capitalization of $168 billion ($199 billion July 2011) and employed 19,000 people in 20 countries  China‘s leading Internet search engine, Baidu com, has a market capitalization of more than $14 billion and over 6,000 employees, and in 2008 had revenues of $460 million

 

Annual sales of applications for Apple‘s iPhone exceed $2 4 billion, as well as stimulating additional hardware sales  Needless to say, broadband creates significant economic opportunities for users, service providers, application developers, and network operators alike  McKinsey estimates that ―bringing broadband penetration levels in emerging markets to today‘s Western European levels could potentially add US$300–420 billion in GDP and generate 10–14 million jobs

 

But perhaps we have heard these statistics before, so let us take a look at some country examples:

Starting close to home in Kenya:

The Kenyan Government recognized the role of ICTs in the social and economic development of the nation and promulgated a national ICT Policy based on the Economic Recovery Strategy for Wealth and Employment Creation from 2003  The policy is based on four guiding principles: infrastructure development, human resource development, stakeholder participation and appropriate policy and regulatory framework

The policy set goals to create a comprehensive policy, legal and regulatory framework to:

-          Support ICT development, investment and application;

-          Promote competition in the industry where appropriate;

-          Ensure affordability and access to ICT nationally;

 

 

Examples of policy objectives include:

-          Providing all primary schools with affordable internet access by the year 2015; and all secondary schools and tertiary institutions to have affordable internet access by the year 2010;

-          Encouraging Kenyans to participate in the sector through equity ownership  Consequently, any firm licensed to provide telecommunication services is required to have at least 30 percent Kenyan equity ownership

-          Facilitate shared infrastructure, right of ways etc

 

 

Needless to say, Kenya is already reaping benefits as a destination for new ICT investments in Africa today and is being billed as Africa’s Silicon Savana  For example, within 3 days of Seacom launching in 2009, Kenya reported an increase in Internet speeds, Safaricom reported a 200% increase in data traffic and international bandwidth supply increased by 700%  When Google was seeking to open a head office for sub-Saharan Africa, it chose Nairobi with one of the few reasons cited being that the Government has adopted the Internet as few African nations have  Same for head office of Airtel Africa and the story goes on

 

 

Korea:

- Korea is another classic example of a country that pulled itself up from poverty in the mid-1950s to a booming economy based on heavy industry and manufacturing in the 1970s and 1980s, then a pioneer of the information society in the 1990s and 2000s and has moved from being a middle- to high-income country  The exceptional success in developing broadband, and ICT generally there is also based on a mix of highly competitive private-led markets and government leadership, use, support, and regulation

 

The country has seen a transformation from less than 1 Internet user per 100 inhabitants in 1995 to one of the world‘s most highly penetrated broadband markets  By June 2009 fixed broadband penetration was 32 percent, and market penetration of 3G services was 77 subscribers per 100 inhabitants and the highest broadband penetration in the world

 

The rapid growth of demand, driven both by the market and government use, played a key role in accelerating broadband development in the early stages of its market development  The key services that drove the take-up of broadband in Korea were online trading of shares, Internet-based school education, and online interactive games  E-government, e-commerce, and e-learning applications were also important drivers of the high broadband adoption pursued by the Korean government  For example, all procurement producers are handled online through the Korea Online E-procurement System (KONEPS), introduced by the central procurement agency for access by all public organizations, including the central and local governments and public organizations  Since its introduction in 2001, KONEPS has become one of the world‘s largest e-commerce markets, with total transactions of $34 billion in 2007, when 92 percent of all bidding was done electronically  ICT also plays a significant role in education: EDUNET, introduced in 1996, had 5 8 million members by September 2008

 

Another mechanism for government intervention was the Informatization Promotion Fund, which was introduced in 1993  This is a Government fund set aside to finance projects fostering information use  The primary objective of the fund is to ensure that profits from the ICT industry remain in the ICT industry  Money from the fund is used to support ICT-related R&D, to develop and diffuse standardization in ICT industry, to train ICT human resources, to promote broadband network rollout and to promote e-Government  The Informatization Promotion Fund includes contributions from both the Government and the private sector, through spectrum licensing fees, revenue-based contributions from operators and earnings from the operation of the fund, including loans

 

Finally, these actions were supported by a dynamic regulatory policy that mirrored the evolution of the broadband market

-By initially providing light regulation to promote competition in the early, growth, and market maturity stages of broadband, through 2005

-This was followed by a period of increased regulation from 2005–07, in response to the growing dominance of KT and operators‘ financial crisis

-Finally, the market saw a return to lighter regulation in some areas as the market matured in 2007

 

Singapore:

Finally, we focus on Singapore where the Infocomm Development Authority is guiding the implementation of a National Broadband policy that includes the implementation of a new national backbone network that will reach every household and business in Singapore with fiber with a 1 Gbps connection by 2013  The project is partially funded by the Singapore government and on top of the pyramid sits a service company to provide wholesale and backbone services on an open access basis and level playing field to all comers at the retail level  The service company is a private consortium with government funding

 

Needless to say, there are numerous models with further examples of broadband strategies from countries including France, Japan, UK and neighboring Ghana

 

So, where does that leave us in Nigeria?

 

Given our broadband penetration rates of less than 3% or no significant measure, we believe there is an urgent need to develop and implement a National Broadband policy under the auspices of the new ICT ministry

 

The policy needs to:

·         Create demand and drive promotion strategies by allowing government intervene in market creation and facilitation, by promoting broadband adoption and use; make broadband access and services more attractive and accessible to potential subscribers and users by helping to lower prices, putting public services online, and encouraging the diffusion of access devices such as computers

·         Establish an enabling environment for competition and investment by removing market entry barriers with supply-side policies that enable the development of access to broadband—enabling network operators and service providers to enter the market easily, operate on a level playing field, and, where necessary, provide financial support to reach high-cost areas  We believe the situation where calls from Lagos to London cost less than calls within this room in Lagos must stop  Bulk capacity has no valid economic reason to cost more from Lagos to Abuja than Lagos to London  Based on global best practices, policies that facilitate competition are the most typical and important and have been implemented consistently and compellingly from the initial to maturity stages of market development to drive growth  Such Government policy support allows new market entrants to compete effectively with dominant incumbents such that economies of scale and network externalities do not play significant roles in determining the success of communications providers

 

This is the broadband policy imperative for Nigeria

 

First, for visionary leadership to set ambitious goals for broadband penetration and devise and actively implement strategies to achieve e g  40 % penetration nationwide, Access to all geo-political zones and indeed all local government areas and interconnection of educational institutions, especially from secondary to university level

 

Next, is for competition policies to promote market growth by facilitating shared access and fair pricing of terrestrial backbone networks which dominant operators leverage to block new competitors  Indeed, the collapse of Multilinks shows that building a national backbone is no assurance of commercial success, though lack of access proves a high barrier presented by existing facilities based operators to block out new players  Recall the battle between GSM companies at inception and NITEL over interconnect; and

 

Finally, for the government to facilitate demand through the funding of initiatives in ICT adoption, e government and e commerce in order to create local content and jobs

We hope that in 2020 when ten years of Main One cable’s operations will be celebrated, the implementation of these policy initiatives will have reshaped the history of broadband in Nigeria

 

Thank you

 


 

6D   Mr  Fola Adeolas LEAD PAPER as presented

 

Forecast of Investment Climate in Nigeria in the Next Decade:

A Broadband Services Perspective

 

For the purpose of introduction, even as I am sure some of us are already aware, our Company (MainOne) is a pan African submarine cable company  We have, in the course of the last 24 months or so, invested over 240 million in the build, deployment and operation of a submarine cable system which connects the West African region through cable landing in Portugal and termination at the tele-house east in London, where we are interconnected with the rest of the world  Our 7000 kilometer cable system consists of 1 96Tbps of international connectivity capacity, which provides Nigeria, and currently Ghana, the immense opportunity to interconnect with the rest of the world more effectively with significant reduction in prices, bringing a more affordable connectivity platform to West Africa and indeed the Africa continent

 

As we examine the investment climate in the next decade in Nigeria, particularly within the context of Broadband infrastructure and services, it is note-worthy to emphasize that the Main One project itself underscores the enormous untapped investment opportunities that exist in the Nigerian economy today and in the nearest future  It showcases the colossal possibilities that exist in this economy for credible infrastructure projects and the investment appetite of both local and international investors in the ICT sector in Nigeria, particularly in the area of Broadband infrastructure and services, having attracted equity and debt funding from both local and international institutional and private investors  The Main One success story aptly exemplifies the opportunities in the connectivity business today and the opportunities for further investment in ICT, and other sectors of the Nigerian economy  It presents a landmark

indication of what the future holds for investment in Nigeria, setting the pace amongst  laudable projects and promoting overall investor confidence in the Nigerian economic landscape

 

 

Having said this much about Main One, please permit me refocus our discussion and examine trends in Nigeria’s investment environment, highlighting the influential factors behind these trends  It is my objective that this would help us in understanding the forecast for the future of investment in Nigeria, including in broadband services and ancillary infrastructures in the next decade

 

 

Trends and Current Investment Overview

 

 

I believe a number of people in this audience received, perhaps with some suspicion, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) declaration in October 2010 that Nigeria’s economy is the 3rd fastest growing in the world, as well as other reports that Nigeria, together with China and India, was forecasted to lead global economic growth in the next decade  Since we are not all economists, I am sure that our collective curiosity must have justifiably been spurred by the evident decimation in the quality of life of the average Nigerian and overwhelming failure of socio-political and economic structures in the country today

 

 

However, the reality, as the IMF and other local and international analyst have pointed out, is that the Nigeria economy continues to see significant growth in the wake of global recession, stimulated by the ever increasing global demand for crude oil and the attendant impact on its United States dollars price per barrel

 

 

Going by recent forecast provided by Morgan Stanley, our economy is expected to overtake South Africa’s by the year 2023 with similar report by Bloomberg indicating that consumer spending in Nigeria will continue to expand over the next 5 – 10 years  Expert forecast GDP growth, even with current levels of infrastructure challenges, to increase to 8 4% in 2011 and 8 5% by the year 2012, and consumer confidence is forecast to rise as naira is expected to strengthen against the dollar 153: 1 by end of FY 2011 and 150:1 by end of FY 2012

 

 

In terms of the much needed Foreign Direct Investment (FDI), the country made it to the top 20 global destinations for FDI in the last 10 years, receiving one of the largest amounts of Foreign Direct Investment in the Africa continent  According to the United Nation Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), Inflows of about USD 6 billion was recorded in 2009 alone, making the country the nineteenth highest recipient of FDI in the world for that year  This is however USD 7 billion lower than other oil producing countries, including Angola, which has focused on improved infrastructure and sector diversification (away from primary oil production)  This is contrasted with Nigeria, as growth in the FDI was largely oil and gas sector driven with a few non-oil sectors in areas including Telecommunications, Banking and Financial Services, and Real Estate amongst others

 

 

The key catalysts to the impressive run of FDI witnessed in the last decade included the otherwise stable political environment  This comes at the heel of return to democratic rule in 1999, and the series of policy and regulatory reforms that were embarked upon by the new government to sanitize both the financial services sector and revamp the telecommunications sector through a modestly transparent liberalization initiative  Other positive influences on growth included the emergence, albeit at a slow pace, of middle class structure, together with the high return on investment profile of the country as an emerging market with ample population and relative supply of skilled labour

 

 

Despite the well-publicized IMF report, the impressive positive footprint gained in terms of the

attractiveness of the Nigerian market to FDI is however currently eroding since 2009, till date  Between 2009 and 2010, 60 4% decline in Foreign Direct Investment to Nigeria was recorded, with total FDI standing at $2 3 Billion for the year 2010  This has been attributed to several micro and macro socio-political and economic factors  These include: the lack of political certainty, following the illness of the former President, and ultimately his death in 2010; the timing of the passage of the Petroleum Industry Bill (since the oil and gas sector tends to get the bulk of the FDI in Nigeria); the impact the global economic downturn, to which Nigeria was not immune giving its strong dependency on FDI; failure of market regulation in the capital market and the attendant crisis; financial market uncertainties (with the latest CBN reforms), failure of critical infrastructure (most especially energy, and infrastructure); growing

public insecurity, and, most importantly, the slow pace of core ICT development, technological innovation and unimpressive investment in infrastructure growth

 

 

Investment Growth Prognosis and Broadband Services as key Facilitator

 

Notwithstanding the foregoing, the global investment direction is increasingly focusing on the emerging markets  This is much supported by the most recent economic success of the  RICS countries  Due to the investment potentials that are driven by her growing population and strong human capital resources , Nigeria has a high return on investment profile  In particular, her improved oil sector performance should readily provide significant government funds to support infrastructure growth

Under these circumstances, the Nigerian business and economic environment should witness renewed investment interest in the next decade  This will further be buoyed by a more stable polity and a better organized Financial and Capital Market structure  Future investment growth in the country would itself rely on investments in pervasive deployment of ICT

infrastructure, particularly those that support the mass distribution of innovative broadband services critical to improved efficiency and overall productivity in both public and private enterprises  It is no longer news that, just as  electricity a century ago, broadband is a foundation for economic growth, job creation, global competitiveness and a better way of life  It is enabling entire new industries and unlocking vast new possibilities for existing ones  It is changing how we educate children, deliver health care, manage energy, ensure public safety, engage government, and access, organize and disseminate knowledge”

 

 

Going by a landmark study published by the World Bank in 2009, for every 10% increase in Internet penetration, there is a resultant 1 3% growth in GDP  In addition, the European Commission estimates 2 million jobs and GDP growth of EUR 636 Billion in Europe by 2015 through increased broadband penetration, whilst Brazil in 2010 reported that broadband added 1 4% to employment growth rate, and China claimed 10% increase in broadband penetration contributed an additional 2 5% to GDP growth  In fact, 10% higher broadband penetration in a specific year has been found to correlate with 1 5% greater labour productivity growth  The statistics are numerous, and for developing countries in the low and middle-income brackets such as Nigeria, broadband is a key driver of commerce and economic

development, thus a veritable Foreign Direct Investment tool  Broadband therefore represents a new frontier for investment in the Nigerian economy in the next decade

 

 

With the foregoing in mind, investment in broadband services and technology itself is expected to grow in Nigerian in the next decade, if the current level of service penetration posted at about 1% to 2 8% by the year end 2010 is anything to go by, and given the over 150 million people population that the country is blessed with  Existing investment profiles in the industry have shown that efficient management will guarantee return on investment, so much as the tremendous increase in Nigerian mobile phone subscribers (90 million according to the NCC) has equally demonstrated for all how the right policies, and the right partnerships between the public and private sectors can result in exponential growth, job creation and a contribution to GDP  This can happen with broadband as well

 

 

Still on the investment potential in broadband, by recent forecast, the information and communications sector (telecommunications, media, Internet, etc ) in Nigeria is expected to grow by about 52% by the year 2015, according to a World Bank Report, compared to about 94% in the US, indicating that there is still a wide gap to be bridged if the country is to compare favorably with the developed nations in terms of socio-economic growth and advancement

 

 

The Digital age is here and the global dependence on ICT should not be lost on Nigerian investors as it would take shape in Nigeria sooner than we imagine and will underpin investment opportunities within the next decade  In this new dispensation, enterprises in Nigeria will need to deploy ICT technologies and solutions dependent on broadband services quite rapidly to remain globally relevant  Diverse investment opportunities will therefore continue to exist in broadband infrastructure, services and products, medium (i e  outsourcing) and content etc  amongst others  The Nigerian market will remain a suitable target for future global investment as the concept of one global ICT village continues to be redefined and global footprint becomes more paramount for international investors in the nest decade

 

 

Conclusion

Overall, there is keen global interest to invest in Nigeria given the size of the market and growth potential  However, investors will remain wary until they see political certainty, which hopefully, should improve, following the performance and outcome of the last election  As the country enters a new political dispensation, several critical issues will need to be addressed by the Federal Government in order to renew investor confidence, and drive growth outside the oil and gas sector  These will include policy reforms which will improve several areas of dependencies such as power, security, ICT infrastructure, roads and other transportation infrastructure, education, and preparedness of the workforce for skilled jobs, improved financial and capital market structures

 

 

As for investment in broadband services, the Government urgently needs to take a critical lead in establishing an appropriate broadband policy that will lead to a favorable operating environment for investors, and encourage service uptake to drive further investments in this direction  Going by forecast that wireless broadband services alone can directly contribute additional N190 billion to the GDP by 2015, which will represent 1 22% increase and 1 7% growth in non-oil sector, with indirect contribution as much as N410 billion during the same time, we can only imagine the enormous impact of full proliferation of these services on the Nigerian economy

 

 

 


 

 

6E    Isabelle Gross Technical Paper as Presented

 

Paper for Nigeria Broadband Investment Summit

 

ICT Investment opportunities in infrastructure, rural access to telephony and content in Nigeria

 

By Russell Southwood & Isabelle Gross

 

Introduction:

 

In the last two decades, the ICT sector has proven to be at the forefront in terms of technical innovations providing the launch pad for new services and business opportunities  Progress in wireless technology enabled to launch mobile services to reach the masses while copper cables were given a second life with DSL technology  Fibre links, once the  exclusive technology” to carrying large amounts of voice and data services over long distances, have spread across countries, have built their web in cities and today they can be found at the curb, the cabinet or better still at the end user’s home 

 

While technological breakthroughs have widened the possibilities of developing new services, they have also reached faster mass market adoption  In a video presentation, Stefan Hedelius, Ericsson’s Head of Strategy and Marketing at its Multimedia Business Unit reminds us that it took 100 years to build 1 billion fixed lines, 25 years to get 5 billion mobile subscribers and just 3 years to reach 1 billion mobile broadband subscriptions[1]  In Africa users have gone from rationed fixed line services with long waiting lists to more or less instant services from multiple telecommunication service providers offering a full range of voice and data services 

 

The challenges ahead are about consolidating the progress already made and building on it to develop the next generation of services  This paper looks at the opportunities for investors and entrepreneurs that are now emerging in infrastructure, rural telephony and local content in Nigeria and across the continent at large

 

 

Building infrastructure:

 

Bringing voice and data services to more Nigerians is not just about putting a Blackberry Smartphone in their hands  The foundations of future services will need to be built by creating a resilient fibre infrastructure  Currently many of Nigeria’s main centres are connected by fibre but the cost of using it is expensive and reliability is variable  For example, one inter-urban link (with two providers) has only 70% up-time

 

Nigeria is connected to the global world through three international submarine cables SAT3, Glo1 and Main One and by 2012, two more cables (WACS and ACE) will be in place  The country has more than enough capacity at the landing station but the major bottlenecks are now two-fold: delivering that capacity around the country and getting it to consumers and businesses locally

 

Nigeria’s major telecoms operators and infrastructure providers have already rolled out thousand of kms of fibre links across the country  Just to name a few projects: MTN Nigeria has built a 581kms fibre link between Makurdi and Afcot while Globacom has built a 167kms fibre linking Ibadan to Illorin – Ife – Oshogbo – Ibadan and Airtel (formely Zain) has built a 511kms link from Ijebode-Ore, Ore-Benin, Lagos-Illorin, Benin-Auchi  Infrastructure providers Suburban Telecom offers connectivity across the majority of the southern cities of Nigeria and extends to the north as far as Kano while Phase3 Telecom has for example rolled out fibre routes from the north at Sokoto down to the western side of the country to Lagos and then across the southern part of the country from Lagos to Benin with an extension to Port Harcourt  It further goes up the middle of the country to Jos and Kano, with an extension to Katsina 

 

Over the last three to four years, more than twenty projects have been completed and thus improving significantly the country’s national backbone infrastructure but these vital fibre routes too often have  been  built as a response to cover operators own current transmission needs  They don’t necessarily fulfil the requirements of a fully built-out resilient and redundant national backbone that reaches out to every state and citizen in the country 

 

Although there are several infrastructure providers, the main two with extensive national networks are Nitel and MTN  Without investment from privatisation, Nitel is currently operating at well below its potential, leaving MTN with a near monopoly  Thus it has become a near monopoly provider that has the power to set national backbone prices at an artificially high level in the market  It is still cheaper to send data from London to Lagos than it is to send it from Lagos to Abuja

 

Therefore there are untapped investment opportunities remaining in building missing infrastructure links, in improving resilience and redundancy and providing more competitive services  Economic growth and wealth will be further boosted by allowing more businesses and people to get and stay connected 

 

The lack of a proper fixed line network makes the case of mobile Internet even more compelling  The promising uptake of 3G mobile data services in particular in urban areas will put more strain on mobile operators’ radio networks  One operator (Glo) is already testing LTE and although its launch is 18 months to 2 years away, this time will pass quickly

 

In order to support this growing mobile data traffic the operators will need to find more efficient ways to backhaul their data traffic  Access to fibre points to off-load data traffic will become an important aspect of delivering a good quality mobile data service to a growing base of subscribers  Metro-fibre links have been rolled out in Nigeria’s major cities (Globacom’s fibre ring in Abuja; MTN’s fibre ring in Benin City) but the current extent of these metro-fibre networks is too sparse to sustain large numbers of mobile data subscribers  Further, new and cheaper wireless technology like pico and femtocell which can help to alleviate the data traffic load of the main base station will be difficult to implement in the absence of a dense metro-fibre network 

 

Investment projects on expanding the country’s national backbone and on rolling out metropolitan fibre links could be significantly boosted through more conductive infrastructure sharing guidelines that sets out clearly the sharing and access rules and also provides assurance on the return on investment for potential investors  The recent announcement of the completion of phase one of Nigeria’s National broadband carrier network project which has seen Dangote Industries rolling out aerial fibre links in the Niger Delta region with ongoing connection to Phase 3 Telecom fibre network shows a positive step in this direction but more needs to be done to ensure that Nigeria has a proper fibre infrastructure capable of supporting advanced services like for example HD video streaming 

 

 

Rural access to telephony and data services:

 

A survey on rural connectivity carried out by Informa Telecoms and Media in 2010 established that for Africa 80% of the respondents questioned from the private sector acknowledged that rural connectivity was very important to their business[2]  However, industry statistics for Africa show that mobile telephony penetration still remains under 20% in some parts of the continent while the penetration rates in rural areas are in most cases below 10%

 

Many telecoms regulators on the continent have among their tasks as defined per the statutory instrument that establishes them, the task to improve universal service access (USA) and this encompass access to telephony and data services in rural areas  Nigeria is no exception in this  The Nigerian Communications Act 2003 stipulates for example that the NCC  shall promote the widespread availability and usage” of telecommunication services[3]      

 

Most telecoms operators when they receive a licence will have stipulations in their licence obliging them to roll out services in rural areas and/or to contribute to the funding of a universal access fund  In South Africa for example, all telecoms licence holders contribute to the Universal Service and Access Fund via a levy of 0 2% of their annual turnover [4]  Despite these legal guidelines and obligations on both the telecoms regulator and the telecoms operators, progresses in the provisioning of telephony services in rural areas have been very slow so far in Africa 

 

This situation is largely the result of a combination of two main factors: the telecoms operators have mainly been focussing on urban areas which are easier to reach and offer greater revenue opportunities; the telecoms regulators have lacked or have failed in implementing effective universal service policies and programmes  In South Africa for example, seven Universal Service Access Licences (USALs) were originally granted licences to address the rural coverage shortfall but only one operates with fewer than 10,000 subscribers today[5] 

 

The two main challenges to overcome are related to putting in place a conductive and pro-active regulatory environment to encourage the provision of telephony in rural areas and to develop business model that make rural telephony services a viable business

 

The regulatory challenge:

 

- collecting funds from the telecoms operators is useless unless the money is really put to use: there needs to be greater focus on universal access policies from some governments

- overcome the lack of transparency and administrative procedure regarding universal access programmes: there needs to be more effective co-ordination between governments, regulators and operators

- prioritise projects: short-term and niche areas projects versus major new infrastructure projects

 

The business case challenge:

 

There are three possibilities:

 

- existing large scale operators outsource the less profitable parts of their operation: the companies doing the outsourcing contracts expand into uncovered areas

- small, local companies take on the edge of market coverage areas and get a reasonable interconnect with the large-scale operators (in other words, the large-scale operators admit that they will not cover these areas

- either of the above gets public funds as an incentive on a  least-cost” auction basis 

 

Content and mobile services:

 

Although there are no accurate figures of the number of Internet subscribers in Nigeria, it is estimated there are more than 3 million  This is still a low figure when compared to the number of mobile subscribers (+80 million) but on the other hand it also shows the market and growth potentials  In 2009, the Nigerian Communication Commission commissioned Pyramid Research to carry out a survey of 1,500 mobile users in Nigeria to find out more about mobile usages in the country[6]  Among the findings was that Nigerians use most their phone for entertainment and for information  By entertainment, the most commonly mentioned activities are  listening to music/radio, playing games and taking/sending pictures”  Interestingly,  entertainment and information activities score high for all age groups 

 

Chart : Nigerians’ mobile usage

 

Age 16-25

Age 26-35

Age 36-45

Age 46-69

 

 

 

 

Mobile users’ surveys in other African countries (Morocco, Kenya, South Africa, Angola and Cameroon) all indicate that there is an increasing usage of  non-voice” activities with variations of types and levels of  non-voice” activities in each country  In Kenya for example mobile users use their handsets for financial transactions because of the availability of mobile payments services  Similar services will soon be launched in Nigeria following the granting of mobile payment licences by the Nigerian Central Bank in December 2010  The ability to carry out transactions through a mobile opens up the possibility to develop more transactional services like for example the remote purchase of a bus or ferry ticket  In South Africa, Powertime has developed web and mobile applications enabling customers to buy pre-paid electricity vouchers 

 

Below is non-exhaustive list of content that could be developed:

 

- e-government services (with a technical focus on developing  m-government services because more people have access to a phone than to a computer) to improve citizen access to public service and improve the efficiency of the delivery of public services  In Senegal, the state IT Agency (the Agence de l Informatique de l Etat (ADIE)) has put online over 500 administrative procedures ranging from VAT return to obtaining a construction permit 

 

- business information, education, health web and mobile applications  Just to name a few services developed across Africa: Esoko which has been rolled in several African countries is a service application that pushes and pulls market information from the field (aimed at traders and farmers to get market information about the price of their products); Mpedigree is an SMS based application that allows users to check for counterfeit medications in Ghana; Pesinet is a SMS based service allowing preventative medical diagnostic service for infants between 0-5 years, based on regular checks on the childrens  weight gain  A pilot project was rolled out in Senegal and Mali in 2007 

 

- publication online and digital archiving of local content (TV programmes, official documents, etc     ): last week, the Kenyan government announced the launch of an open data portal (www opendata go ke) which offers the national census and statistics on government spending at national and county level 

 

- specialist content and local content  (classifieds, jobs, dating, Amazon-style purchases, music and video downloads)  Out of the Top 100 sites in Nigeria listed by Alexa com, 29 are local and are a mix of newspapers, social forums, jobs sites, etc     The list includes local websites like Nairaland, Vanguard, Punch, 234 next, GT Bank or Naijahotjobs 

 

While the opportunities to develop content are multiple, new means to monetise this content will also need to be introduced  Advertising to support free access to content is for example a way forward (e g  Lagos-based Jason Njoku of Nollywood Love – one of YouTube’s top recent partners)  Public-private partnerships are another mean to raise funds in particular with regards to services that have a public interest aspect like health and education (the Mpedigree service for example is a partnership between telecom operators, pharmaceutical industry associations and international technology companies)

  

 

 

 

 

7     Report & Recommendations of the Syndicate Sessions

 

7A   Infrastructure Syndicate Session

 

Chairman of Session, Prof Raymond Akwule, opened discussion with the opinion that:

 

·         Electricity is the major problems facing the industry

·         There would always be political hurdles to be cleared, stakeholders need to find means to scale these political hurdles

 

Questions and Reponses during the Infrastructure Syndicate Session

 

Top questions from delegates

 

·         What are the infrastructural requirements for Broadband?

·         How ready are we?

·         What are the financial requirements to build infrastructure?

 

Comments by Mr  Sola Teniola

 

·         Industry stakeholders should consider Open Access Model for infrastructure

·         There should be effective legislation to promote and protect broadband access

·         Broadband is not reliant on fibre alone, so operators should employ a web of technologies

·         Creativity & innovation of ideas and business cases should come from within, we should not just import ideas from other climes, technology should be tweaked to fit into our society

 

Comment by President, Association of Consulting Engineers in Nigeria

 

·         We make mistakes, we must learn from these mistakes

·         The regulator should enforce standards in the industry

·         Regulator should compel operators to share infrastructure

·         IT Parks should be built so as to train students

 

Question: Chief Ogunbanjo

 

What structures has Mobitel for Quality Assurance?

 

Answer:

 

Mobitel ensures that its Network capacity is not exceeded, therefore, a maximum of 1000 subscribers are placed per base station

 

Question: Mr  Akeem Ajijola

 

How do we move forward without solving our power problems?

 

Answer by Engr Omo-Ettu

 

True liberalisation of the power sector, the model of which was used for the telecom sector, is the shortest and most cost effective way to attain power stability

 

Question: Mr  Akeem Ajijola

 

How do we protect our critical infrastructure?

 

Answer by Mobitel:

 

Telecom infrastructure is critical and those in charge of such infrastructure take steps to ensure that they are protected

 

QOS is reliant on the national backbone, a good fixed line network and co-location of base stations

 

Comment by Prof  Akwule

 

·         Cyber threats are increasing; however, corporations have to guard themselves in anticipation of attacks

·         Broadband growth is accompanied with cyber threats

 

Question by Spring Bank delegate

 

How can fibre network planning be incorporated into urban planning so that road construction works do not destroy the fibre laid

 

 

 


 

7B    Content Syndicate Session

 

Top questions asked by Chairman of Session

 

Who is to provide content?

 

How do we populate content?

 

-                      The industry must support content providers

 

-                      The success of broadband is not that IT companies are making success, rather the success of broadband is when SMEs relay on broadband for their growth

 

-                      Convergence should be considered

 

-                      Outsourcing too should be considered

 

Comments by Dr  Okpataku, BlueGeorge Consults

 

-                      Content providers should be granted access to funds

 

-                      There should be capacity building; people must know how to use technology

 

-                      Frequency allocation must be well managed, the agency allocating frequency should employ frequency optimization, whereby 10 people can use the same frequency

 

-                      Parental content should be enforced for content

 

Comment from Mr  Akeem Ajijola

 

-                      We have lots of content, but are we putting them online?

 

-                      Traditionally, Nigerians are not readers, so we must leverage on technology & graphics to learn

 

-                      There is a desire from locals to upload content online

 

-                      We need to redefine literacy  What is literacy?

 

Comment from Mr  Dewole Ajao (Nigeria ICT Forum)

 

-Content provision is affected because of the problem of remuneration

 

-Consumers are sceptical if the content downloaded would work

 

- Is there adequate connectivity to support the content where it is hosted?

 


 

7C   Rural Access Syndicate Session

 

Chairman of Session, Mr Olufunso Fayomi opened discussion with facts such as

 

Rural access is critical to empowering underserved area,

 

-                      USPF has built Community Communications Centres where auto-translation to the local dialects of the community can be done

 

-                      BTRAIN, Co-location Infrastructure Provider (CIP), Community Communications Centres (CCC) are examples of schemes put up for funding

 

Challenges of USPF came up for discussion reaction to delegates’ contribution

 

-                      Late Budgetary approval

 

-                      USPF remains inaccessible because investors do not know how to access these funds

 

-                      Investors should check RFPs for information as regards accessing the funds

 

-                      Some services need to be tailor made for a community due to cultural constraints

 

-                      Operators must ensure information/data privacy

 

-                      Solutions for Rural/ Underserved areas must be available, affordable, reliable & scalable

 

-                      Capacity development for the inhabitants of the undeserved areas should be ensured

 

 

 

 



 


 

8     Recommendations from Extracts of Papers & discussions

 

There was consensus of opinion that:

 

  1. Existing poor public electricity system is truly antagonistic to attainable progress in broadband infrastructure and services build up in Nigeria
  2. There is an urgent need for competition policies within existing regulatory framework to promote market growth by facilitating shared access and fair pricing of terrestrial backbone networks which dominant operators leverage to block new competitors
  3. A broadband policy is desirable and pressure be mounted on the Federal Government of Nigeria to provide such as path to progress
  4. Open access model of industry regime in which encourages competitive ecosystems is desirable and must be pursued with the regulator and Government
  5. Clusters of entrepreneurs in infrastructure, and content build up in urban and rural communities across Nigeria should be facilitated through improved and merit based access to public funds and industry specific funding initiatives such as the USPF
  6. Banks and financial Institutions should be motivated to have a true orientation on telecommunication investment portfolios and ATCON to always invite them into the thinking process of ICT industry players

 

 

 


 

9     Implementation Plan for the recommendations

 

  1. ATCON is advised to initiate an Implementation Committee of its members to push the attainment of Recommendation which emerged from the Summit

  2. ATCON to work with Federal Government to speedily produce a broadband Access implementation Policy

  3. ATCON to engage established and emerging entrepreneurs to assemble needs of industry players in terms of funding and approach Federal Government with a request fro Stimulant Fund

 

 

(This report is still work in progress)

 

 


 

10    The Summit Committees

 

A       Summit Planning Committee

B       Project Monitoring Committee

C       Event Management Committee

D       Lunch & Entertainment Committee

E        Summit Report Writing Committee/ Rapportuer Team/

 

A    Summit Planning Committee

  1. Engr  Titi Omo-Ettu   Chairman (ATCON)

  2. Mr  Bimbola Tooki    Member (BCL)

  3. Mr  Ajibola Olude     Secretary

 

B    Project Monitoring Committee

  1. Mr  Adewale Jones   Chairman (ATCON)

  2. Mr  Akin Akinbo       Member (ATCON)

  3. Mr  Bimbola Tooki    Member (BCL)

  4. Mr  Lawson Ovih      Member (BCL)

  5. Mr  Ajibola Olude     Secretary (ATCON)

 

C    Event Management Committee

  1. Engr  Titi Omo-Ettu   Chairman (ATCON)

  2. Mr  Wale Jones        Member (ATCON)

  3. Mr  Bimbola Tooki    Member (BCL)

  4. Mr  Myke Ofili          Member (ATCON)

  5. Mr  Ajibola Olude     Secretary

 

D    Lunch & Entertainment Committee

  1. Mr  David Roberts                Chairman

  2. Mr  Myke Ofili                      Member ATCON

  3. Mr  Mcdanielles Ighadosa      Member ATCON

  4. Mr  Lawson Ovih                  Member BCL

 

E    Summit Report Writing Committee/ Rapportuer Team

  1. Engr Tony Nwosu                 Chairman (ATCON)

  2. Mr  Akin Akinbo                   Member (ATCON)

  3. Mr  Iyiola Folayan                Member (VDT)

  4. Mr  Kayode Yussuf               Member (TAA)

  5. Mr  Emmanuel Abolarinwa    Member (ACL)

  6. Ms Titi Marcus                     Member (Radial Circle)

  7. Mr  Alex Nwosu                    Member (DCC)

 

 


 

[1] http://telco2 6connex com/vep/index html?eventname=bestpracticelive&langR=en_US&mcc=&share=true#nid=node31421;cid=15273

[2] https://commerce informatm com/reports/main/rural-connectivity-in-africa html

[3] Nigerian Communications Act 2003: Part IV: universal service provision

112  – (1) Subject to subsection (2) of this section, the Commission shall consider, design and determine a system which shall promote the widespread availability and usage of network services and applications services throughout Nigeria by encouraging the installation of network facilities and the provision for network services and applications services to institutions and in unserved,  underserved areas or for underserved groups within the community (  Universal Service Provision”(USP)  See http://www ncc gov ng/

[4] South African ICT Sector Performance Review 2009/2010

[5] South African ICT Sector Performance Review 2009/2010

[6]   The impact of mobile services in Nigeria: how mobile technologies are transforming economic and social activities - http://www ncc gov ng/industrystatistics/studies/pyramid-impact_mobile_services_nigeria pdf