NCC is ready for 70% broadband penetration- Danbatta
By Pelumi Olaleye
The telecom umpire, Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) ,disclosed in Kaduna that it is ready to drive the process of attaining 70 per cent broadband penetration in the next couple of years, if that is set as the new target by the Federal government.
The Executive Vice Chairman of the Commission, Prof Umar Garba Danbatta, while delivering a goodwill message at an investment summit of Kaduna State Government, KADINVEST 4.0, expressed optimism about the commitment of the agency toward taking the broadband penetration to the next level.
“When I was appointed by President Muhammadu Buhari in 2015, broadband penetration was only 8.5 per cent. It has now risen to 33 per cent, an equivalent of 63 million Nigerians enjoying the services. I am particularly thrilled to see that the rising trend has not only been sustained, but the NCC is now ready to take it to the next level.”
Adding that six infrastructure companies (Infracos) have been licensed by the NCC under his leadership to drive the deployment of broadband infrastructure across the nation’s geopolitical zones and Lagos State, which is a zone on its own due to the sheer size of its market. The license for the north central region remaining is currently being processed.
Recall that Nigeria attained its 30 per cent broadband target in 2018 through measures and strategies put in place by the NCC under the leadership of Prof Danbatta, a development that has attracted industry-wide commendations.