TSSF 3.0: Experts to Brainstorm on Impact of Satellite Broadband Disruption on Nigerian Internet Space
Experts in the Nigerian Telecommunications Sector will on 28th February 2023 converge to brainstorm on the impact of satellite broadband disruption will have on Nigerian internet space.
The discourse, to be hosted by Business Remarks, will feature Internet Service Providers (ISPs), Infrastructure and Tower Companies, Network Operators and other telecom stakeholders at the upcoming third edition of the Telecom Sector Sustainability Forum (TSSF).
Tagged “Starlink, A Threat or Prospect to the Sustainability of Nigeria’s ISPs, Infraco and MNOs”, the event is scheduled to hold in Lagos State.
The event will see the telecom regulator, Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) address front-burner issues and enlighten telecom stakeholders on the impact of satellite broadband on the general macroeconomic sustainability of the sector and its players.
Speaking about the event, the convener of the forum and Managing Editor of Business Remarks, Bukola Olanrewaju stated that as access to internet connectivity becomes an essential part of people’s daily lives, the push for quality internet connection are now in very high demand. As a result, competition among players have become fiercer.
“Nigeria, Africa’s fastest growing telecommunications market is largely dependent on fibre connectivity. While broadband penetration in Nigeria sits at 47.4% as of December 2022, the country is still far from attaining its targeted 70% penetration threshold by 2025, in addition to bridging the currently identified 114 access gaps.
“Satellite internet has many advantages in African countries, making it possible to open up rural, isolated or poorly served areas. However, the emergence of Elon Musk’s Starlink in Nigeria has sparked different reactions with many industry observers warning that it will cause a major disruption in the telecommunications industry in Nigeria.
2Africa Cable Expands Landing Stations in South Africa
2Africa, the world’s largest undersea cable, is today scheduled to land in Amanzimtoti, KwaZulu-Natal, and is expected to be the catalyst to drive the digital economy.
The massive subsea cable, which will connect Africa, Europe and Asia, has already landed in some parts of the country, and KwaZulu-Natal now becomes the latest shore to welcome the 2Africa cable.
Last month, the 2Africa subsea cable system landed at the Vodacom network facility in Gqeberha, Eastern Cape. In December, Vodacom’s competitor, MTN SA and MTN GlobalConnect – also 2Africa landing partners – announced the landing of the cable in Yzerfontein and Duynefontein, Western Cape.
The cable is expected to land in some 40 new locations in the coming months. The project was first announced in May 2020. The 2Africa consortium is comprised of China Mobile International, Meta (Facebook), MTN GlobalConnect, Orange, STC, Telecom Egypt, Vodafone and WIOCC.
The highly-anticipated subsea cable system is set to connect three billion people upon completion, representing 36% of the global population and connecting three continents: Africa, Europe and Asia.
Nigerian Active Phones Tops 209m￼
The Executive Vice Chairman of the Nigerian Communications Commission, Professor Umar Danbatta disclosed this while delivering the Keynote Address at the dinner hosted by the Board of Trustees of the Nigeria Media Merit Award, NMMA, to flag-off the commemoration of the 30th Anniversary of NMMA as Africa’s foremost media excellence recognition institution, at the Lagos Sheraton Hotel on Tuesday night.
“This represents a teledensity of 109.47%. Besides, basic Internet subscriptions have also grown from zero in the pre-liberalisation era to over 152 million. It is also gratifying that the broadband subscriptions now stand at 85 million, representing a 44.49% penetration,” Danbatta said.
Dwelling on the topic, “The NCC New Strategic Vision (Implementation) Plan (SVP) 2021-2025: A Transformation Agenda”,which signposts thedirection of the Nigerian telecom industry in the next five years,Danbatta recalled the trajectory of the evolution of telecoms in Nigeria.
Represented by the Director, Public Affairs of the NCC, Mr. Reuben Muoka, the CEO of NCC, he recalled the nation’s showing of a paltry 18,724 telephone lines at independence in 1960 to serve a population of 40 million people, translating to a teledensity of 0.5 at that time.
Today, “the Information and Communication Technology (ICT) sector contributed 18.44 per cent to the nation’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) in the second quarter of 2022. From this figure, telecommunications sector alone contributed 15 per cent,” Danbatta said to place on record the unprecedented contribution of the telecom and ICT industry to GDP.
3.2 billion People Lack Broadband Internet -GSMA
Around 3.2 billion people who are covered by networks are still unable to reap the benefits of this connectivity, due to lack of skills, knowledge, affordability, relevant content and other factors, a report has revealed.
The Seventh Annual GSMA SDG Impact Report, released on Wednesday, showed that, six years after becoming the first industry to commit to the SDGs, the mobile sector continues to increase its contribution to the achievement of all 17 goals; however, despite mobile operators’ continued commitment to the 2030 agenda there is still a long way to go.
A combination of global conflict, growing food and energy poverty, economic uncertainty, and the ongoing impacts of Covid-19 are creating significant headwinds, currently threatening SDG progress worldwide. In the face of these challenges, the report highlights the crucial role mobile connectivity and connected technologies can play as enablers, supporting countries as they ‘build forward better’ in pursuit of economic recovery and resilience.
The report demonstrates that those without access, in contrast, are most vulnerable to economic and social disruption, and risk falling further behind as the world emerges from the pandemic, especially as online services become even more integral to society.
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