Presentation to PURA Gambia - Universal Service Provision Fund

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UNIVERSAL SERVICE/UNIVERSAL
ACCESS METHODOLOGY
ABDULLAHI MAIKANO
SECRETARY,
UNIVERSAL SERVICE PROVISION FUND
(USPF)
NIGERIA
VISIT OF THE STAFF OF PUBLIC UTILITIES
REGULATORY AUTHORITY (PURA)
GAMBIA, TO NCC, 8TH TO 12TH OCTOBER, 2012
Outline
 Introduction
 Funding
 Methodology
 Project Conception
 Project Selection
 Service Delivery Model
 Current Programmes
INTRODUCTION

The Universal Service Provision Fund (USPF) was created in 2007 to
promote the widespread availability and usage of network services and
application services throughout Nigeria by encouraging the installation of
network facilities and the provision of network services and application
services in un-served, underserved areas or groups within the
community.
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This is to ensure the attainment of the World Summit of Information
Society (WSIS) declaration that – Everyone, everywhere should have the
opportunity to participate and no one should be excluded from the
benefits the Information Society offers to which Nigeria is a signatory.

The Nigerian Communications Act (NCA) 2003 mandates the creation of
the USPF and the Universal Service Provision Secretariat (USPS).

The USPF is composed of an 11-member Board that articulates policies
to achieve the objectives above while the Universal Service Provision
Secretariat (USPS) is to implement these policies.
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Vision
Equitable ICT Access for
All
Mission
To facilitate the achievement
of universal access to ICT
and universal service,
through market-based
investment, which stimulate
development in rural, unserved and underserved
communities
Core Values
“ICT TIPS”
•Integrity
•Collaboration
•Team Spirit
•Transparency
•Innovation
•Professionalism
•Service Excellence
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FUNDING
The USPF has two sources of Funding
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Primary sources:
 Appropriation by the National Assembly
 Contributions from the NCC, based on a portion of the
annual levies paid to the Commission by Licensees.
Secondary Sources:
 Gifts, Aids, Donation
 Loans, Grants
 Incomes from its operations and investments
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METHODOLOGY
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PROJECT CONCEPTION
USP projects are initiated using two methods:
TOP DOWN
BOTTOM
-UP
These are ICT self sustaining projects
designed by Community-based organisations
and local entrepreneurs with the aim of
providing ICT services to
organizations/communities. The projects to
be supported by the USPF must be socially
desirable and economically viable
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PROJECT SELECTION:
The principles guiding the selection and implementation of
USPF projects are:
Co-location/
infrastructure
Sharing:
It shall be obligatory for operators/service providers to share all infrastructure funded
by the USPF with other operators/service providers at reasonable prices to ensure the
USPF does not fund the creation of local monopolies
Social
Inclusion
All USPF projects shall be designed and implemented in a manner which ensures
equitable access to ICT services by vulnerable groups and disadvantaged interests i.e.
the elderly, physically challenged, women and children in the community
Geographic
Coverage
USPF programs and projects will be developed for states of the federation, and will
provide service to un-served and underserved areas and communities
Promote
Private Sector
Investment
USPF programs and projects will stimulate increased private sector investments in
un-served and underserved areas
Encourage
Competition
USPF programs and projects will encourage competition, as much as possible,
between operators and by using transparent and competitive mechanisms to allocate
USPF financing and subsidies
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Promote
Consumer
Interest
Sustainability
Foster
Economic and
Social
Development
Consultation,
Transparency
and
Accountability
Quality of
Service
USPF programs and projects will promote consumer interest by facilitating access to
affordable, readily available and reliable ICT services
The USPF will give priority to programs and projects that are self sustaining and do
not require subsidies on continuous basis
USPF programs and projects will stimulate productive use of ICTs for economic,
social and cultural development
The USPF will develop and periodically update its programs and projects through
public consultations with all key public, private and civil society stakeholders
The USPF will enforce compliance with quality of service standards with respect to
its projects.
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BASES OF USPF OPERATIONS
FIVE-YEARLY
STRATEGIC
MANAGEMENT PLAN
ANNUAL OPERATING
PLANS
ANNUAL BUDGETS
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USPF’S SERVICE DELIVERY MODEL
Holistic
Approach to
Project
Selection
…The USPF
will adopt a
holistic
approach in
selecting USP
projects by
determining
specific ICT
gaps for regional
clusters within
country and
tailoring its
projects and
service delivery
models to suit
identified needs
Infrastructure
Sharing
It shall be
obligatory for
operators/service
providers to share
all infrastructure
funded by the
USPF with other
operators/service
providers at
reasonable prices
to ensure the
USPF does not
fund the creation
of local monopolies.
Engagement of
Stakeholders
The USPF will
establish an
Advisory
Council made up
of the various
stakeholder
groups (i.e.
relevant
government
entities,
operators and
service
providers, Non
Governmental
Organisations,
to offer advice
the USPF Board
Quantification
of Maximum
Allowable
Subsidies
The USPF shall
utilise precise
calculations in
computing its
maximum
allowable
subsidy
estimates for its
USP
program/plans.
Subsidisation
of Operational
Costs
USPF will
ensure its
subsidies take
into
consideration
operational costs
associated with
running USP
projects over a
defined period.
Implementation
of a Monitoring
and Evaluation
Framework
The USPF will
develop and
implement a
robust monitoring
and evaluation
framework which
will define the
metrics/indicators
which would be
used to determine
the efficiency of
the UAS
programmes
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CURRENT PROGRAMMES
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PROJECT DESCRIPTION
TARGET BENEFICIARY
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Accelerated
Mobile
Phone 
Expansion Programme- Base
Transceiver Project (AMPE-BTS)

Accelerated
Mobile
Phone
Expansion (AMPE) Project is
designed to encourage rapid
network
roll
out
of
telecommunication services in unserved/under-served
towns/villages in each of the 774
Local Government Areas of the
country by providing subsidies for
the
provision
of
Active
Infrastructures such as such as
Base Transceiver Stations (BTS),
equipment
and
associated
antennae and transmission and
backhaul.
IMPACT
Un-served
and Communities are already benefitting from this
under-served
project
through
access
to
mobile
communities
telecommunication services such as:Network
 Voice
Operators
 SMS
 Broadband Access & Service
 Mobile VAS
Achievement:
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Improved socio-economic life of rural
people
reduced travelling amongst communities
reduced urban / rural migration
Provided easy access to information
Encouraged rapid roll-out of telecom
services
Improved teledensity of the Country
Encouraged investment in the telecom
sector
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CURRENT PROGRAMMES
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PROJECT DESCRIPTION
Community
TARGET BENEFICIARY
Communications 
Center (CCC) Project
The CCC project is a grassroots 
ICT project aimed at extending
Voice, Internet, ICT training and
other services to un-served and
under-served communities on
shared basis.
Un-served
and
under-served
communities
Individuals with no
personal access to
internet
IMPACT
The CCC project leverages private-sector
investments in rural, unserved and
underserved areas and accelerate socio
economic development while complementing
existing Government programmes to foster
universal service and universal access.
Over 225 CCC sites have been subsidized and
500 communities are currently benefitting
from access to:
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
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

Internet
Voice call
Emergency communication
ICT training
Achievement:
Improved access to information
Provided e-mail acccess to rural dwellers
Admitted communities into the global
village
Provided means for numerous school
children and youths to on-line
registration portals
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CURRENT PROGRAMMES
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PROJECT DESCRIPTION
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Backbone
TARGET BENEFICIARY
Transmission 
Infrastructure (BTRAIN)
The Backbone Transmission Network 
(BTRAIN) Project was conceived to
facilitate the connection of the rural 
and semi urban areas to the National
Transmission
Backbone
Infrastructure
via
fiber
infrastructure; this is aimed at
harnessing
capabilities
the
of
enormous
information
and
Un-served
and
under-served
communities
Towns and Local
Government
Headquarters
Telecommunications
Infrastructure
Companies
IMPACT
3000 Km of fibre link in unserved and
under-served communities is planned and
it is expected to resolve the following:
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Address the dearth of fiber optic
network in rural areas
Distribute the enormous submarine
cable capacities existing at the
coastal areas into the hinter land
Improve QoS issues directly arising as
a result of trasnmission quality issues
Accellerate the roll out of fiber
infrastructure in the rural areas
Reduce entry cost for telecoms
operators
Communications Technology (ICT)
that would assist the country meet
the millennium Development Goal
(MDG) targets.
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CURRENT PROGRAMMES
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PROJECT DESCRIPTION
TARGET BENEFICIARY
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Rural Broadband Initiative (RuBI)

This project will provide both wired
IMPACT
Unserved / under- 
served locations

Provide wholesale internet bandwidth
Provide large bandwidth at rural
locations
and wireless internet at high speed
in the rural areas at wholesale and at
the same time serve as a catalyst for
the uptake of other technologies
centered around the internet in
those locations e.g. e-library, e-
health, e-government etc.
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PROJECT DESCRIPTION
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Connectivity for Development
School Access Programme (SAP)
TARGET BENEFICIARY
IMPACT
(C4D): Unserved and underserved 
primary and secondary

schools
The project promotes e-learning in
secondary
schools
by
facilitating

technology-enabled learning. Students are
able to collaborate with other students and
the teachers would be able to give each

student the required attention.
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1000 schools have benefitted from the
project
It has improved computer literacy in the
various schools that benefited from the
scheme.
Rural schools can now register for WAEC and
NECO
examinations
on-line
without
travelling to the city.
It has enhanced capacity of rural schools to
check WAEC and NECO results on-line.
It has instilled digital life style in rural schools
and communities.
It has improved teaching and learning
process.
The internet connectivity has provided global
source of information to students
It has generally improved the quality of
education in the beneficiary schools
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PROJECT DESCRIPTION
Connectivity for Development
(C4D) : Tertiary Institution
Access Programme(TiAP)
The project is aimed at
facilitating a digital lifestyle in
the institutions and enhances
teaching and research works
amongst students and lecturers
in higher institutions.
TARGET BENEFICIARY
IMPACT
Unserved
and  193 institutions have benefitted from the
project
underserved
tertiary
 It has facilitated access to information
institutions
super highway for knowledge acquisition.
 Enhanced Research and Development in
our higher institutions.
 It has improved teaching and learning
process.
 It has opened up opportunities for
creativity and self development amongst
our youth.
 It
has
provided
avenue
for
entrepreneurship skill development.
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PROJECT DESCRIPTION
E-library Programme
TARGET BENEFICIARY IMPACT
Students,
Lecturers,  It is expected to facilitate access to
information super highway for
Community
The e-library project would provide
knowledge acquisition.
Communication
the platform for sharing online
 It is expected to enhanced Research
Centers
and Development in our higher
access to a wealth of educational
institutions and the populace.
materials on a wide range of subjects
in order to facilitate the building of
an e-society in Nigeria and also
promote digital lifestyle among the
citizenry
Health Informatics
Teaching Hospitals in  It is envisaged that the project will:
Improve health care delivery
Nigeria
The project is aimed at providing
Reduce mortality rates.
world-class and expert health care to
patients in target health institutions.
Skilled medical practitioners from
established health institutions in the
world will be consulted on a real-time
basis via video conferencing facilities
provided via broadband transmission
systems.
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