[AfrICANN-discuss] Nigeria: Internet Service Providers Need
Incentives to Survive
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Nigeria: Internet Service Providers Need Incentives to Survive - Rudman
5 July 2010
Lagos — The Chief Executive Officer of Internet eXchange Point of Nigeria, Mohammed Rudman, has said that the Internet Service Providers (ISPs) in the country need incentives from the government to survive.
Speaking with Daily Independent, he regretted that a lot of ISPs providers are closing shops in Nigeria because "the cost of doing business is on the high side due to unstable electricity supply."
"Government needs to provide incentives for the service providers as you are aware they are dying very fast in the country because of infrastructure challenge like power. They need to generate their power before they can provide services to their clients."
"The ISPs are not making money at all and I am advocating empowerment of the ISPs at the grassroots especially in rural areas and states like Maiduguri and Jigawa. Government should find away of providing incentives that would support their investments. That is where we need to give kudos to NCC's state accelerated broadband initiatives which is providing soft landing for ISPs that are providing service to rural areas" he said.
Rudman advised government to reduce the fee charged on the right of away internet access connection from the ISPs so as to allow more Nigerians have access to cheap internet connection.
"If they pay huge sum of money to buy the right of way, eventually they would pass the cost to the end users and Nigerians would continue to access internet with huge sums of money. Government need so move closer to the ISPs and listen to them in terms of what their challenges are for them to succeed in the business by providing soft landing."
"Government needs to provide incentives for the service providers as you are aware the service providers are dung very fast in the country because of infrastructure issue such as power. They need to generate their power before they can provide services to their clients."
"Most of these companies look at ISPs as money spinning machines so that whenever they want to lay cable they have to go through government's due process by spending huge sum of money in terms of right of way and this runs into millions of naira. If government provides the right of way services to service providers at a reasonable cost, they don't have to pass the burden to the end users at the end of the day" he said.
Source : Daily Independent
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