Enugu residents have lamented the high cost of data in the state and have called on the state government to slash the Right of Way fee charged telecommunications operators for laying their fibre optic cables in the state.
This was contained in an open later written to Enugu state Governor by state’s Twitter Community.
The group revealed that the state charge telecom operators 4500 naira per meter thereby making the operators to charge higher than 390 for 1 gigabytes as planned by the Federal Government.
Recall that in December 2019, the Federal Government initiated a National Broadband Plan designed to gain internet penetration from its current 37.8% to over 70% in five years, starting from 2020. The plan seeks to deliver data download speed of minimum of 25mbp in urban areas and 10mbp in rural areas.
The Federal Government went further to slash the fee charged Telecom operators to lay their fibre optic cables to 145 naira per meter and encouraged States to do so.
States like Imo, Ekiti,Katsina have done so, while Kaduna state now charges zero fees for Right of Way. Sadly, states like Enugu still sticks to 4500 naira per linear meter,thereby causing high cost of data.
The group argued that Enugu State which occupies a pride of place in the East and a potential Tech Hub should be at the forefront in the effort to achieve a uniform Right of Way(RoW) fee.