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Governments, regulators meet, discuss Africa’s broadband future

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Delegates from the African Union, governments and regulators, operators and enterprise representatives, analysts in the region have met to discuss strategies to expand broadband services and develop broadband applications in Africa.


Broadband has become an important engine for economic development. According to the World Bank studies, every 10 per cent of broadband penetration can generate 1.5 per cent of GDP growth. In the past few years, the broadband penetration rate and average speed in the African region have increased rapidly, but they are still far behind the global average.


The conversations were part of the Broadband Africa Forum, the most influential broadband industry summit in the Africa region, hosted by Informa Tech and co-sponsored by Huawei.


Under the theme of the summit, “Lighting Up African Future With High-Quality Broadband”, experts from the region and all over the world shared their experience and discussed how to achieve booming broadband growth in Africa with innovation in policy, commercial and technology.


During the event, UK based technology research company, Omdia, released the “Africa Broadband Outlook 2021” together with FDI Index, which revealed that fiber and FWA emerge as the mainstream broadband technologies in Africa. The report also revealed that African governments are becoming more active, increasingly providing funding and developing policies to support broadband development.


“Huawei has stayed in Africa for more than 20 years. We have a dream that is to bring digital to every African home,” said Benjamin Hou, President of Huawei Northern Africa Carrier Business Dept.

“We are committed to providing advanced broadband solutions and introducing the global best experience, and help African people to bridge the digital divide.”


According to the organisers, the Covid-19 epidemic has profoundly changed the operation mode of organizations and individual lifestyles, and African countries need to treat broadband as universal services like water and electricity to support social stability and economic development.

The active involvement and support of governments have provided a new engine for broadband deployment, and the new generation advanced technology has created new opportunities for Africa to bridge the digital divide. All stakeholders should actively participate, open and cooperate to promote the development of the broadband popularization in Africa.

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Kida Promises Brighter Future For Basketball

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As preparations for the eargely awaited elections into a new board of Nigeria Basketball Federation hots up, the outgoing president of the NBBF board, Engr. Ahmadu Musa Kida, has reiterated his unflinching desires to take the game to greater heights.

While speaking with journalists in Lagos, Kida stated that his love and passion for the game, and particularly, the desire to see its rapid development at the grassroots level are reasons behind his reelection bid.

” I’m seeking reelection as the president of NBBF because basketball in Nigeria is still a work in progress. I have so much believe in the potentials of the youths playing this game and their ability to rule the world,” he enthused.

” What the world have seen so far, are just glimpses and tips of the iceberg. I believe that with concerted efforts and dedication to the game, the future of basketball in Nigeria is very bright,” he said.

It would be recalled that in his four years as the president of NBBF, Musa Kida facilitated the sponsorship of the division 1 and 2 basketball league by Total Oil. He also returned the NBBF Premier League after four years in the doldrums.

Kida was credited for his immense and selfless moral and financial support that ensured D’Tigress won the Afrobasketball championship three times in a roll; 2017, 2019 and 2021.

He also supported D’Tigers to become the first African national team to defeat the USA, in a basketball game.

Through his Ahmadu Musa Kida Foundation, he funded several grassroots basketball programmes across West Africa., particularly,  popularising the 3×3 games.  As well as, supporting grassroots basketball programmes in Rivers State, leading to their winning of gold medals in three National Sports Festival for both male and female.

He added conclusively, “Together, we can achieve more. Therefore, I remain committed to the development of the game in Nigeria. I want to reassure lovers of basketball of my selfless drives to secure a brighter future for the game in the country.” 

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