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The Nigeria Internet Group (NIG) has said the manner at which government awards national frequency licences will encourage anti-competitive activities among big and small operators. It raised fears that the situation could lead to sabotage.
NIG also lamented the slow rate of internet penetration in the country and called on government to completely distant its self from internet business and allow a level playing field by awarding licence without restriction.
It said such licence policy should be able to break Nigeria into zones and provide options for global license acquisition without interference on frequencies.
NIG President, Adebayo Banjo, who spoke with journalists during a technology interactive session in Lagos recently, called on government to manage the pertinent problems affecting the penetration of internet in Nigeria which he listed as cost, speed, reliability and devices.
He called on government to come up with policies that will protect innovations, stop monopoly and increase the advocacy for internet penetration in the country.
While proffering new ways to deepen internet penetration across the country, Banjo said government must subsidise the internet delivery cost and bandwidth for at least a period of five years. This, he noted, would serve as incentives that would attract investors to come into the business.
He cited India as an example of a country that has similar problem of unemployment and developmental issue like Nigeria but leveraged on the huge potential provided by the internet to solve the problems,, which he said, resulted in the growing her economy and creating of jobs for her citizens.
Banjo also spoke on the global issue of cyber threats, which he described as something that is yet to graduate into cybercrime in Nigeria, saying it is at the stage of “a cyber-assisted crime.”
He, however, promised a more detailed discussion on the cybercrime and other related issues at the NIG Cyber Security Summit 2014 slated for later part of the year.