The Association of Telecommunication Companies of Nigeria, (ATCON) has expressed its commitments to work with the Federal Government in achieving the 30 per cent broadband penetration across the country.
The President of ATCON, Olusola Teniola disclosed this at a strategic business interactive session with ATCON members and officials of the Nigerian Communication Satellite (NIGCOMSAT) on Wednesday at Lagos Travel Inn, Ikeja, Lagos.
According to Teniola, the partnership with NIGCOMSAT was aimed at fostering social economic development in the country through the satellite technology.
He noted that collaboration with NIGCOMSAT will rejuvenate satellite business among ATCON members.
Teniola explained that the move was to demonstrate ATCON’s readiness to work with Federal Government towards realizing the broadband target set for the country.
The Managing Director, NIGCOMSAT, Abimbola Alale described the partnership as a mutual relationship that will minimize rural to urban migration and preserve lives.
She said, “In this information age, broadband/ communication services cannot be limited to few cities and towns in our country. Farmers, market woman, students and a host of others are critical stakeholders in the nation’s quest for digital economy and inclusiveness”.
Alale stated that the current 22 per cent broadband penetration in the country is within the urban areas in Nigeria.
She said, “For us to achieve 30per cent penetration target, we have to think of those who reside in rural area and therefore, we are faced with a challenge to urgently cover those areas where broadband services are needed.
“We cannot do this alone without proper collaboration with ATCON and engagement of others who provide telecommunications and auxiliary services.You are the vehicle to reach the rural populations and we can provide the infrastructure that you can leverage on, Ambimbola stressed.”
Also, the Marketing Director, Samson Osagie stated that NIGCOMSAT is a critical partner within the Nigerian ICT eco system.
According to him, as a fully commercialized company, NIGCOMSAT is ready to deploy affordable and available services for the purpose of meeting the broadband connectivity demand in Nigeria.
“Our broadband serice is the surest and quickest way for this connectivity mark to be attained in no distant future, so we are very committed to playing our part to ensuring that the digital device and the broadband penetration is achievable even beyond the 30 per cent”.
“What we require is the right patronage to take these services out across the length and breadth of this country, he noted.”