Nigeria hits 31% broadband penetration

Nigeria’ s broadband hikes

By Constance Imasuen

Nigeria’ s broadband transmission has hit 30. 9 % surpassing the 30 per cent documented before November 2018.

The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) confirmed the data produced by the Nationwide Broad Band Plan.

Prof. Umar Danbatta, Executive Vice Chairman of NCC, in Abuja said that the Federal Government’ s i9000 National Broadband Plan 2013-2018 offers set a target of thirty per cent penetration to be achieved by finish of 2018.

Danbatta, represented by Mr Sunday Care to, NCC Executive Commissioner Stakeholder Administration, said that the commission had surpassed the target it set for alone with over nine per cent.

“ At NCC, we all knew we have to meet the broadband execution plan to get to 30 per cent in late 2018 due to the work done, we have now stand at 30. 9 percent equivalent of 31 per cent.

“ NCC had released license to seven infrastructure businesses to deploy the needed facilities to facilitate the required penetration within the 774 Local Government Areas (LGAs) within Nigeria.

“ This can enable penetration reach the offered and underserved areas in the country.

“ Active Voice Customer base grew from 165, 239, 443 in October 2018 in order to 169, 104, 830 in Nov 2018, ” he said.

According to him, total energetic broadband subscription on 3G plus 4G platforms as at Nov 2018 was 58, 965, 478.

He said information and progress on mobile, web and data usage penetration will be sustained to provide the necessary requirements pertaining to increased investments and effective rules of the telecom sector in Nigeria.

The NCC manager said according to the reports between the initial and third quarters, released simply by National Bureau of Statistics efforts of Telecommunications and Information Providers to Gross Domestic Products (GDP ) stood at N4. seven trillion.

On study grants to universities, Danbatta stated N50million had been given to some universities meant for research that would improve ICT plus beneficial to the NCC in the near future.

According to him, NCC got set up a committee to come up with an additional strategy plan after the successful execution of the 2015-2018 plans.

He said the expected program would ensure the realisation from the eight point agenda of the NCC that is valid up till 2020 and ensure that customer’ s fulfillment is ensured. (NAN)

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