Nigeria’s Ministry of Communications Technology (MCT) is reportedly planning to connect half of the country’s population to 3G mobile broadband services in 2015, All Africa reports. In order to achieve its ambitious goal, the government is aiming to complete Phase 1 of a wireless broadband infrastructure upgrade and expansion project, which is part of the National Broadband Plan (2013-2018), by year-end.
According to TeleGeography’s CommsUpdate, the National Broadband Plan was approved by President Goodluck Jonathan in June 2013. The main aim of the plan is to increase penetration of fixed broadband services to 20% and mobile broadband to 80% of the population by the end of 2017. It outlines a number of ways to achieve this, including the release of more spectrum for broadband services, facilitating rapid rollout of wireless and wireline infrastructure and providing incentives to encourage a national 3G wireless coverage to at least 80% of the population by 2018.