– Broadband: IT expert urges operators to share infrastructure in rural areas

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LAGOS – The of Ericsson Nigeria, Mr Kamar Abass, on Sunday in Lagos urged telecom operators to dwell more on sharing, especially in rural areas.

Abass told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) sharing of would ensure services got to the rural dwellers.

He said network coverage in the rural areas was of great concern, as operators were concentrating more on in the urban areas.

According to him, the potential social, economic, political and technological impact of and Communications Technology (ICT) and is huge regionally and globally.

“Rural areas are often seen as having low returns, but as connectivity continues to increase in importance, serving these places will be paramount in helping to bridge the current digital divide.

“Consumers are becoming more accustomed to technology in their everyday lives; and governments have to put in place innovations keep up with the technologically aware consumers,’’ he said.

The said that when telecom service providers share , they would be able to cut operational cost and levies such as the Right of Way (RoW) and taxes.

He lauded the National Broadband Plan of the Federal , saying that was apt toward ensuring broadband uptake and widespread deployment.

According to him, the plan addresses spectrum allocation, tax incentives and reduction on devices and technologies that enable connectivity and e- initiatives to make broadband available in schools, healthcare and services.

“We need to get much cleverer about the way we manage our mobile broadband facilities. The prices of smart phones will make a lot of contribution toward boosting mobile broadband subscription.

“As the connected becomes the norm, consumers and are increasingly using devices such as smart phones and tablets as substitutes or complementary tools in everyday tasks,’’ he said.

Abass said that the prices of smart phones needed to be reduced, so as to continue to drive broadband penetration in the country. (NAN)