Network Neutrality Law and Access to Broadband Services in Nigeria
9 Pages Posted: 4 Oct 2010
Date Written: October 4, 2010
2010, Nigeria; the International Internet Connectivity (ICC) is currently dominated by three major players providing bandwidth access on a wholesale and retail basis to the Nigerian end users. These players are the state owned Nigerian Telecommunications Limited (NITEL) providing access via the SAT-1 submarine cable, Glo through the GLO-1 submarine cable and MainOne Cable company via the MainOne submarine cable, of these cables, only the GLO-1 and MainOne submarine cables have broadband (or high speed) internet access capability.
In recent times, global policy issues on broadband internet access have focused on network neutrality, that is whether broadband network operators should be allowed to favor (or as is emotionally argued; discriminate) one data traffic over another one that passes through its network.
This is the main thrust of this paper. Arguments in support of network neutrality have tended to lean towards the belief that discriminating data traffic is anti-consumer and may be capable having an anti-competitive effect under certain conditions. With the current expansion of internet services in Nigeria and particularly the current investment in broadband infrastructure, the need arises to revisit the issue of network neutrality in the Nigerian context. In considering the question of network neutrality, guidance is sought from the Nigeria Communications Act 2003 (NCA) and the relevant regulations made under the Act.
Keywords: Network Neutrality, Broadband Access in Nigeria
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