Nigeria to collaborate with UK on broadband plan, 1 year after previous one expires

by | Dec 2, 2019

Nigeria has officially signed a Letter of Intent with the British government to develop a six-year National Broadband Development Plan one year after the expiration of the previous plan in 2018.

Representatives of the newly established Federal Ministry of Communications and Digital Economy signed the agreement with the Prosperity Fund’s Digital Access Programme at the headquarters of the Nigerian ministry.

According to the head of the UK government’s Digital Access Programme, Idongesit Udoh,

“The new broadband plan is expected to raise the broadband penetration level in Nigeria [from what it was] to between 65% to 66% over the next six years.”


At this stage, the project is expected to focus on activities bringing technical expertise and other stakeholders together to develop and draft a robust broadband plan for the Nigerian economy.

The project to develop this plan is expected to end by March 2020.

On why the British government has decided to collaborate with Nigeria on this, the country’s Deputy High Commissioner, Harriet Thompson stated that,

“This project contributes to the UK government’s Prosperity Fund objective of promoting inclusive, affordable, accessible, safe, and secure Internet access for the socio-economic development of underserved communities in Nigeria.”

It is unclear why the Nigerian government waited this long to make plans to draft a new broadband plan for the country. The previous broadband plan for the country expired on the 31st of December, 2018.

Suggested read: Government activities and their adverse effects on market conditions for broadband in Nigeria

However, the UK representatives hope that this partnership will provide national leadership and strategic sectoral direction for Nigeria.

Photo by Brett Sayles from Pexels
Udoka Chiefe
Udoka Chiefe

Writer | Learner| Technologist


Interested in technology, law and new discoveries.

On January 22, 2022, be part of the largest gathering of innovators, startup founders, thinkers, programmers, policymakers, and investors in West Africa. Register free.

Notify of
Inline Feedbacks
View all comments

Recent News

Uber’s bet on ‘Okada’

Uber’s bet on ‘Okada’

Today on #TechpointDigest, @nifemeah discusses Uber’s launching its motorbike hailing service, UberMoto, in Ibadan.

Subscribe to Techpoint Digest!

A daily 5-minute roundup of happenings in African and global tech, sent directly to your email inbox, between 5 a.m. and 7 a.m (WAT) every week day!

Please check your email to confirm your subscription.

Subscribe to Crypto Explorer

A monthly series featuring in-depth analysis on the cryptocurrency sector in Africa

Please check your email to confirm your subscription.

Subscribe to The Experts

A bi-weekly where tech career specialists take us on their journey from newbie to expert, and how they became successful in the industry.

Please check your email to confirm your subscription.

Subscribe to Founder's Table

A monthly series, where we catch up with founders in the startup ecosystem, learn about their failures, successes and a few tricks of the trade

Please check your email to confirm your subscription.

Copy link
Powered by Social Snap