NCC targets 70% broadband penetration by 2025
The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), the regulatory agency for the telecoms industry said it aimed at achieving 70 percent broadband penetration in the country by 2025.
NCC Chief Executive Officer, Umar Garba Danbatta who disclosed this in Abuja said he also targeted consumer protection and empowerment; and consolidation of spectrum trading to ensure maximum and efficient usage of available frequencies in his second term as the head of the regulatory body.
Danbatta also said he would sustain the continuous SIM registration audit to provide security and curtail incidences of banditry, kidnapping and armed robbery in the country.
According to hi, the creation of Emergency Communications Centres (ECCs) in more states of the federation; and execution of the counterpart funding agreements with the licensed Infrastructure companies (InfraCos) to facilitate digital transformation of the economy are part of his priorities in the next five year.
Danbatta said that the diligent implementation of NCC’s Strategic Vision Plan (SVP), which focused on the 8-Point Agenda, has helped to lift broadband penetration from 6 percent in 2015 to 42.02 percent by July 2020.
The sector’s contribution to GDP increased from 8.50 percent in 2015 to 14.30 percent in the second quarter of 2020. In financial terms, Danbatta said the Q2 2020 contribution translates to N2.272 trillion.
The NCC chief, who spoke to the media on his first five years in office and his second term, noted that when he came on board five years ago, 217 access gap clusters were identified in the country affecting 40 million Nigerians without access to telecoms services.
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“But today, we have reduced the access gap clusters to 114 with 15 million of the 40 million digitally excluded Nigerians now having access to telecoms services. We are committed to addressing the remaining access gap clusters, which are areas outside the frontier of economic viability to ensure the remaining 25 million Nigerians have access,” he said.
Danbatta said on assumption of office, there were 47,000 kilometers of fibre optic cables laid across the country. However, five years after, as a result of regulatory focus, there are now 54,725 kilometers of fibre cables laid across the country through the efforts of some private companies in the sector.
“In line with the Federal Government’s target, additional 120,000 kilometer of fibre are being planned over the next four years. In this regard, the NCC is working on last-mile connectivity to different parts of the country through leveraging the 40 terabyte capacity of five submarine cables on the coastal shores of Nigeria,” he said.