“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; businesses and governments have to put in place innovations that keep up with the technologically aware consumers,’’ he said.
According to him, the plan addresses spectrum allocation, tax incentives and reduction on devices and technologies that enable connectivity and e-government initiatives to make broadband available in schools, healthcare and government 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 society becomes the norm, consumers and businesses 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)