The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has announced the inauguration of an industry-wide committee to facilitate the deployment of broadband infrastructure under the National Communications Backbone (NCB) project. Chaired by the NCC’s Director of Digital Economy Augustine Nwaulune, the National Broadband Infrastructure Joint Committee (NBIJC) is also composed of representatives from mobile network operators, infrastructure companies and tower companies. It is responsible for supporting the drive towards the realisation of the NCB targets, as outlined in the Nigerian National Broadband Plan (NNBP) 2020-2025. These include the deployment of 120,000km of fibre across the country, increasing broadband penetration to 70% by 2025, and connecting 60% of communication towers with fibre.
In addition, the committee is mandated to initiate engagements with identified sources of funding, including the Nigeria Sovereign Investment Authority (NSIA), the Infrastructure Corporation of Nigeria (InfraCorp), the African Development Bank (AfDB) and the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN).