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Created On Tuesday, 30 June 2015 17:35

Contribution

  • Title
    Mr
  • First Name
    Akin-Awokoya
  • Last Name
    Emmanuel
  • Professional Affiliation
    Internet Society, Klanthem, High Tech Center for Nigerian Women and Youths
  • Stakeholder Group
    Intergovernmental Organization

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    

  • How would you define the issue “Connecting the Next Billion”?
    Connecting the Next Billion to me is a clarion call to motivate stakeholders to provide Internet access to more people of the World with a focus on the next billion. That call for action requires procedure, best practice. And hence it encompasses protocols, standards, services, security, policies, laws on the Internet. It would be necessary that the next billion connected use the Internet better.
  • Have you observed any regional or national specificities regarding connectivity (e.g. Internet industry development)?
    At the National level, there has being improvement in Internet access following Nigerian development of National Broadband Plan (2013-2018) that has created an impact in Internet penetration rate of 40%, and broadband penetration rate of 10%. The Ministry of communication technology review some regulatory policies, reduce taxation on right of way (although it is argued that more need to be done), promote e-government. Launch some initiative such smart state, e-government, building of telecenters in some state and regions of the Federation, a fair records of capacity building events both organised by the government and the government support some events organised by civil society groups.
  • Do you know of existing policy measures, and private sector or civil society initiatives addressing connectivity? If yes, was the policy a government policy, industry policy (either collective best practice or corporate policy), technical policy, or did i
    The Universal Service Provision Funds (Government) did a wonderful work on mapping Access gaps for intervention measures.
    USPF facilitated the connectivity infrastructure between Nigeria and Niger.
  • In your opinion, what worked well in the development of the policy, and what impediments were encountered?
    The policy was well drafted but the implementation is slow because not all stakeholders were included when the policy was drafted.
    The policy goals are litle bit unrealistic given the time frame.
  • What was the experience with implementation?
    My experience in term of implementation is the speed. And secondly the role each stakeholder should play in the implementation process is not well spell out. And there is little awareness of the existence of this policy, hence slow participation of new comers.
  • Did you experience any unintended consequences of policy developments/interventions, good and bad?
    NO
  • Can you think of unresolved issues where further multistakeholder cooperation is needed?
    Yes, in the area of unlicenced spectrum policy and regulation draft should be encourage. And the cybercrime Bill should be passed by the Senate.
  • Did you gain any insight as a result of the experience?
    Yes
  • List proposed steps for further multistakeholder dialogue/actions.
    - Review/update of extant polices and development of relevant ones to create an enabling environment for infrastructure deployment
    - Take key actions to build and integrate infrastructure on a national basis
    - Promote e-governance by moving critical activities online
    - Make available the new network infrastructure and services to all on a fair and non-discriminatory basis and build a foundation facilitate for fair and effective competition