The goal for the Broadband for Nigeria (BB4NG) Framework is: to have broadband, with speed of at least 4Mbps, that is accessible, affordable and dependable to citizens and consumers in Nigeria

To accomplish the goal of the framework, five key objectives were identified:

1.         To enhance the equitable distribution of the value and/or benefits of telecoms infrastructure (in general) and broadband (in particular) amongst the Nigerian population.

This objective seeks to address the gaps that exist in infrastructure in the country and relates to both network infrastructure and end-user devices.  A particular focus is taken regarding the use of broadband for economic activity due to the business/entrepreneurial nature of the population, and the aspect of “development” that broadband has the largest impact on.

2.         To enhance the capabilities of the Nigerian population to make use of and contribute to broadband, and in so doing increase its relevance to the social development of the country/populace.

This objective takes a broader view of the utilisation of broadband and seeks to address the gaps that exist in applications/software and content.  It also seeks to address gaps in ICT literacy and skills across the population; from basic ICT skills acquired through informal training schemes (for example how to search for information) to the building up of more technical competence through the formal education system.  Particular emphasis is placed on traditionally marginalised groups and on creating sustainable opportunities for the population to make use of their capabilities.

3.         To “mainstream broadband” by enhancing understanding of its contribution to social development objectives and thereby enhance collaboration between relevant public agencies.

The deployment of broadband is resource intensive and requires significant levels of investment.  Efforts have to be made to ensure that the benefits of those investments are recouped efficiently.  Both the cost of deployment and the efficiency with which invests are recouped are greatly reduced/increased where there are high levels of cooperation and coordination between public agencies – for example incorporating the use of broadband in delivering public services would mean that ministries and relevant agencies share (either directly or indirectly) in the cost of broadband deployment.  Costs are also reduced when issues such as obtaining rights-of-way to lay cables are streamlined across States, and initiatives such as the incorporation of ducts for cables are made mandatory during the development/up-grade of transport networks etc.

4.         To establish a methodology for assessing the progress of broadband development in Nigeria in a structured way that (i) highlights and (ii) seeks to address bottle-necks along/across all layers.

“Awareness” and “accountability” are of particular concern in Nigeria.  This objective addresses this by seeking to increase the amount of information available to the public regarding broadband development; increasing the capacity of the public, and the institutions that represent them, to raise and track the resolution of broadband issues; and increase the capacities of institutions in helping to resolve issues.

5.         To maintain an enabling environment for the continued (key) role of the private sector in the deployment of broadband in Nigeria.

This objective recognises the key role of the private sector in the development of telecommunications in Nigeria and as such proposes targets to facilitate the continuation of an enabling environment for investment in the telecoms sector.

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