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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, 8 TH TO 12 TH OCTOBER, 2012. Outline. INTRODUCTION.
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UNIVERSAL SERVICE/UNIVERSAL ACCESS METHODOLOGY ABDULLAHIMAIKANO 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
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. • 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.
Vision Equitable ICT Access for All Core Values “ICT TIPS” Mission To facilitate the achievement of universal access to ICT and universal service, through market-based investment, which stimulate development in rural, un-served and underserved communities • Integrity • Collaboration • Team Spirit • Transparency • Innovation • Professionalism • Service Excellence
FUNDING The USPF has two sources of Funding • 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
PROJECT CONCEPTION • USP projects are initiated using two methods: TOP - DOWN These are universal service and universal access projects that are conceived by the Secretariat to bridge the ICT gaps in unserved and underserved areas or communities 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
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
Promote Consumer Interest USPF programs and projects will promote consumer interest by facilitating access to affordable, readily available and reliable ICT services Sustainability The USPF will give priority to programs and projects that are self sustaining and do not require subsidies on continuous basis Foster Economic and Social Development 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 Consultation, Transparency and Accountability • The USPF will enforce compliance with quality of service standards with respect to its projects. Quality of Service
BASES OF USPF OPERATIONS FIVE-YEARLY STRATEGIC MANAGEMENT PLAN ANNUAL OPERATING PLANS ANNUAL BUDGETS