According to Nduwueze Anyanwu, the Managing Director at Hot FM in Nigeria, government regulators are deferring and impacting the rate at which resources and internet connectivity are made available, particularly in Nigeria. Therefore, infrastructural development would be of vital essence for podcasting growth if the government supported telcos in their quest to develop a foundation essential for connectivity. This was one of the critical observations shared by Anyanwu during the recently concluded online forum on “Community Broadcasting – Use Podcasting To Maximum Leverage”.
The panel repeatedly noted the greatest hindrance to podcasting growth as internet connectivity and data accessibility. Nduwueze indicated that, although data access remained a critical gap, infrastructure was the fundamental point of call. He spoke on telcos being unable to fast track fibre installations and other infrastructural development plans imperative for offering affordable internet connectivity. The analysis provided by Nduwueze is the delay in government involvement.
The Managing Director also stressed the importance of regulators in understanding the value of connectivity and their role in the feasibility of digital development.
The online forum was an initiative by Broadcast Media Africa (BMA), in partnership with 2GwanaMedia, to ‘Strengthening The Capacity Of Community Radio Broadcasting In Africa’ by empowering industry practitioners to develop, produce and bring forward social-impact content for their communities.