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Nigeria ranks 11th in global internet penetration and 7th in mobile phone usage ~NCC

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The Nigerian Telecommunications Commission (NCC) has disclosed that Nigeria has been rated the eleventh position worldwide in terms of Internet penetration and stands in seventh place for mobile phone usage.

During the inauguration of the two-day Emerging Technology Forum for the Telecommunications Industry in Abuja, the Executive Vice Chairman of the NCC, Umar Danbatta conveyed this information.

Representing Danbatta at the event, Abraham Oshadami, the Head of Spectrum Database Management at NCC, conveyed that the global data assembled by the NRI team underscores the global necessity for digital transformation, crucial to harnessing the socio-economic impacts of the digital era.

Oshadami added that the NRI’s assessment encompassed 131 economies and analyzed their performance across four key domains: technology infrastructure, governance, human capital, and overall impact.

He stated, “Nigeria stands as a telecommunications giant, commanding 82 percent of the continent’s telecom subscribers and contributing to 29 percent of the total internet consumption across the continent.”

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“In the global panorama, our nation secures the eleventh position for Internet penetration and ranks seventh for mobile phone usage.”

“The comprehensive global data compiled by the NRI team underscores the imperative of global digital transformation to fully leverage the socio-economic potential of the digital age.

Despite these notable metrics, our Network Readiness Index (NRI) ranking for 2022 at 109th out of 131 countries remains a humble yet challenging placement.”

Danbatta emphasized that, as stewards of Nigeria’s social and economic advancement, prioritizing network readiness is not solely a strategic demand but a committed mission.

“While it has the potential to introduce new disparities, hindering the participation of younger generations in the digital economy, it simultaneously offers an effective approach to achieve more with limited resources across all income strata.

Formal education is undergoing evolution, and data-driven metrics play a pivotal role in facilitating well-informed policy formulation.”

(Edited by Oludare Mayowa; omayowa@globalfinancialdigest.com; Newsroom: +234 8033 964 138)

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