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ICT Infrastructure Development. A Panacea for Implementing Nigerian ICT4D Plan By Yusuf Z Kazaure Group Head Education, Development and States Sectors Galaxy Backbone PLC. Introduction. ICT Infrastructure Development is a must if ICT4D Plan is to successfully implemented

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ict infrastructure development

ICT Infrastructure Development

A Panacea for Implementing Nigerian ICT4D Plan

By

Yusuf Z Kazaure

Group Head

Education, Development and States Sectors

Galaxy Backbone PLC

introduction
Introduction
  • ICT Infrastructure Development is a must if ICT4D Plan is to successfully implemented
  • Infrastructure disadvantage is the biggest challenge to leveraging ICT for development purposes in Africa
  • Infrastructure Development should be strategic and systematic so as to achieve more, with less spent
state of ict infrastructure in nigeria
State of ICT Infrastructure in Nigeria
  • Limited intra-connectivity
  • Concentrated in urban areas
  • Large swaths of underserved areas
  • Few datacenters – for local content hosting
  • Limited Internet Bandwidth
impact of limited ict infrastructure
Impact of Limited ICT Infrastructure
  • Limited local content development
  • Lack of context-specific development content
  • Underdeveloped ICT economy
  • Huge barrier to entry for ICT solutions
  • High Cost of Access
  • Poor quality of service delivery
ict infrastructure development opportunities
ICT Infrastructure Development: Opportunities
  • Galaxy Backbone
    • Government’s ICT Infrastructure Provider
    • Acts as an intervention for underserved areas
    • More needs to be done to empower Galaxy with resources
  • SABI – State Accelerated Broadband Initiative
    • Supported and funded by NCC
    • Committed to spreading broadband access across the country
  • Telecom Operator Rollouts
    • Mobile operators rolling out nationwide networks in response to Market Demands
  • New Satellite Technologies – e.g 03B
    • Making it easier to reach rural areas with broadband
ict infrastructure development what needs to be done
ICT Infrastructure Development: What Needs to be Done
  • Develop ICT Infrastructure plan focused on:
    • Maximizing in-country interconnection among infrastructure operators
    • Enhancing the capacity for local content hosting
    • Expanding ICT infrastructure coverage to include rural areas
  • Government Intervention Needed:
    • More funding of already existing interventions
    • Commitment to universal access
conclusion
Conclusion
  • Accelerated ICT infrastructure development is required if ICT4D objectives is to be achieved
  • There are current efforts to improve National ICT infrastructure base driven both by the private sector and Government
  • These efforts need to be coordinated and guided by a National ICT Infrastructure plan designed to maximize the impact of such efforts on ICT4D goals
  • More Government intervention is required to address Market Gaps.

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