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The Annual International Telecommunication Union (ITU) world conference that commenced on October 14th in Dubai, UAE, will end today. Nigeria was well represented with the Vice President Nnamdi Sambo, leading Nigeria’s delegation there. He addressed the conference and submitted Nigeria’s commitment to broadband penetration in the country, he said “Nigeria is committed to broadband development and government has taken it upon itself as a priority that must be addressed.” The Chief Executive of the Nigerian Communication Commission, Eugene Juwah, among the delegation, further spoke about broadband priority, speaking with attendees at the Nigerian Pavilion of the conference, he said, “We have the market, we have the enabling environment but our challenges are in broadband penetration and distribution, which is an opportunity for investors to catch up with, since the market is readily available.” Speaking on band allocation, Juwah asserted that “We also have left the 2.6GHz spectrum band. It is currently been used for various broadcasting services. The National Frequency Management Board has already directed the Broadcasting commission to release them in order to aid telecommunications services in Nigeria. All the slots will be given to the telecommunications sector and by 2015 we shall start auctioning them to successful investors”  

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This article was first published on 18th October 2012

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