VDT rallies industry to achieve 70% broadband target
Wholesale broadband service provider, VDT, has rallied the information and communications technology industry on meeting the targeted 70 per cent broadband penetration and 90 per cent coverage of the country as set by the New National Broadband Plan 2020 to 2025.
The Group Managing Director of VDT, Biodun Omoniyi, stressed this, saying broadband is very important to the economy, describing it as an enabler, especially as the country considers the knowledge economy.
Besides 70 per cent penetration, Nigeria’s broadband plan seeks to deliver data download speeds across Nigeria at a minimum of 25Mbps in urban areas, and 10Mbps in rural areas, at a price not more than N390 per 1GB of data.
Omoniyi, while briefing the media about the 20th-anniversary celebration of VDT, said stakeholders must collaborate to ensure the successful implementation of the plan.
He said VDT through its connectivity services for enterprise and retail customers, would be able to connect more people and organisations, thereby contributing its quota towards achieving Nigeria’s broadband plan.
According to him, “VDT provides services such as enterprise connectivity and corporate internet to all parts of Nigeria via national carrier backbone. Retail Service; 4G LTE Broadband internet service; SME and APN Services among others. VDT Communications successfully scaled our service infrastructure to 99.9 per cent uptime since 2015. We now generally guarantee 99.999 per cent service availability through the use of multiple carrier trunks while maintaining low latency, which will help Nigeria achieve its broadband penetration target.”
“As we mark our 20th anniversary, we look back with pride and thank God almighty for all that we have been able to achieve even amid tough challenges,” Omoniyi said.
“We might not have reached the symbolic 1000 miles yet, however, we have come very far from where we started.
“With all these in place, coupled with continual innovation and development, the stage is set for VDT to continue to play the leading role in the Nigeria telecom industry and provide premium quality service to our customers.
“This is imperative even as major revolutions in the telecommunication industry like the 5G, IoT, AI and the Big Data, unfold in our presence,” Omoniyi added.
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