The International Telecommunications Union (ITU) will today begin a four-day 1st Digital African Week Conference in Abuja. The 1st Digital African week organised by the ITU in conjunction with the Management of ITU-T Study Group 20 (SG20) & Study Group 5 Regional Group for Africa includes a forum on Smart Sustainable Africa & a Forum on Human Exposure to Electromagnetic Fields (EMF)
The Executive Vice Chairman (EVC) of the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) Prof. Umar Garba Danbatta, delivering the opening remarks at the conference stated that Standardization of emerging technologies such as IoT, Smart Cities & Communities, E-waste & Circular Economy and Electromagnetic radiations are very important to the African continent.
“The decision to create SG20 was made by the Telecommunication Standardization Advisory Group (TSAG) at the ITU Headquarters in Geneva. Study Group 20 is responsible for issues relating to Internet of things (IoT), its applications, smart cities & communities (SC&C).
“Nigeria’s Vision 2020 recognizes the importance and imperatives of Information and Communication Technology (ICT), as part of the “new world order” and catalyst for sustainable socio-economic development.
“Study Group 20 is also responsible for studies relating to big data aspects of IoT & SC&C, e‑Services & smart services for SC&C. It is also responsible for developing international standards to enable the coordinated development of IoT technologies,” he noted.
Danbatta went on to state that, “The NCC has developed framework to facilitate the deployment of broadband infrastructure across the country through the licensing of infrastructure companies (Infraco) to deploy metro & inter-city fiber & broadband Point of Access with a minimum capacity of 10Gbps.
“Nigeria has not only achieved but exceeded the 30% penetration target set by the National Broadband Plan 2013-2018. At the end of June 2019, our broadband penetration stood at 33.31%.
“The NCC has put in place a Broadband Implementation and Monitoring Committee (BIMC) to monitor full implementation of the INFRACO projects within the four year implementation plan.”