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GSMA Calls on Nigerian Government to Unlock Economic Growth by Supporting Mobile Broadband Rollout

The GSMA, which represents the interests of mobile operators worldwide, today called on the Nigerian government to unlock potential NGN862bn of GDP growth by 2015 by supporting the rollout of Mobile Broadband across the country.

At a press conference in Lagos this morning, Ross Bateson, Special Government Advisor, GSMA, outlined the findings of a new independent report by analyst firm Analysys Mason and called on the Nigerian government to:

  • Unlock the 2.6GHz spectrum quickly to support the high demand for Mobile Broadband in urban areas;
  • Release the digital dividend spectrum to deliver broadband services to rural areas; and
  • Reduce the 35 per cent tax level faced by Nigerian mobile operators, a tax which is double the global average.
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