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Experts seek more funding for telecom infrastructure

Participants at a conference on actualising 70 percent broadband penetration for Telecommunication Services have recommended more funding and support for telecom infrastructure companies to further achieve coverage.

In a message at the event organised by the Association of Telecom Companies of Nigeria, ATCON, the Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Professor Ibrahim Isa Pantami said the Federal Government was aware of the challenges inherent in the sector and was working to address them.

Professor Pantami represented by the Deputy Chairman of the National Broadband Plan Initiative, Mallam Abdul Usman said the ICT sector was driven by tripartite factors and the sector was being re-energized to force down the cost of services to boost access to consumers.

The Executive Vice Chairman of the Nigeria Communications Commission, Professor Garba Danbatta represented by an Assistant Director in the Commission, Mr Bassey Eket said the Commission had embarked on massive sensitisation on the dangers of vandalism of telecom infrastructure and engagement of Infrastructure companies to further enhance broadband penetration and Internet access.

The President of the Association of Telecom Companies of Nigeria, ATCON, Mr Ikechukwu Nnamani called for synergy and cooperation amongst stakeholders in the sector to achieve beneficial goals.

The Conference featured an in-depth discourse on the safety of Telecom Assets and infrastructure and the 5th generation network of telecom services.

Reporting by Olayemi Daniyan; Editing by Abdullahi Lamino