At the ongoing International Telecommunication Union (ITU) Telecom World Forum in Dubai, Nigerian Vice President Mohammed Namadi Sambo expressed his excitement and optimism after his country received high-ranking from the ITU for its stride towards improved communications infrastructure.
Just last year, the Nigerian government successfully launched the broadcasting satellite NigComSat–1R which was designed to provide navigations and telecommunications services not only in Africa but also in certain regions in Europe and Asia. Nigeria is looking forward to underpinning its ICT infrastructure to support its expanding broadband policy which will deliver services to the government, health, education, and finance sectors.
VP Sambo also shared the exponential growth of GSM users in Nigeria. Back in 2001, there were only 900,000 subscribers compared to today’s over 100 million subscribers. The African country is the seventh-most populous in the world.
Presently, 45% of the Nigerian population enjoys internet connection, and the national government is looking to further upgrade its networks to provide high-speed communications throughout the country with a mix of satellite services, fibre networks, and undersea cables.
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