Post-COVID-19: Nigeria needs to speed up NBP

It has become necessary for the Federal Government to speed the implementation of the National Broadband Plan (NBP) 2020 to 2025. This as come as a result of the forecast that most people services would go online after the COVID-19 pandemic.

Although, 70% of the target has been set, there is still need for speedy implementation because of the rise in internet traffic experienced over the past few weeks. This trend would likely become the order of the day after the pandemic.

 “A new norm will emerge after the pandemic must have been over.” Ayotunde Coker, The Guardian, the Chief Executive Officer of Rack Centre

Coker said the world would become digitally connected on the information super-highway. This will see data centre and cloud technologies move to the edge.

Post COVID-19 would witness a surge in Internet traffic

Advising the government Coker instructs organisations and the government to prepare for a post COVID-19 era that would bring about a new norm in the system. He emphasized that organisations must add connectivity capacities to increase their infrastructure build out.

Speaking further, Coker also said that there must be huge investments in infrastructure like power, technology, roads to meet the demands that will arise after the pandemic.

According to Coker, activities would move online in post COVID-19 and this would increase traffic as many people now work from home.

He explained that semi-flex office staff location will come up which involves creating offices close to workers residences. This will reduce the kilometers workers travel and they work from there as a virtual tem while still connecting with the main office

The Rack Centre boss equally also that virtual edutech will be established where students will study from their homes and remotely connect to the school through devices like iPads, laptops and mobile phones.

Post COVID-19 will see organizations and governments at all levels hold meeting through digital conferences and documents signed digitally after each virtual meeting.

Coker further explained that Blockchain technology would be more acceptable while Internet exchange volume would increase significantly. Workers would be digitally connected to the data centre and superhighway.

Coker disclosed that Rack Centre had since doubled its capacity and put infrastructure in place that would help organisations host their data locally to have access to their data from a remote location. This he stated would boost efficiency and reduce costs of operation.

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