The Nigeria Communications Commission said it will continue to put in its best in facilitating the deployment of broadband, which is central to diversifying the Nigerian economy and national development.
The Executive Vice Chairman of Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), Prof. Umar Danbatta made the disclosure at a briefing for the new Permanent Secretary of the Federal Ministry of Communications and Digital Economy, Engr. Festus Yusuf Daudu, on the functions and regulatory activities of the Commission in Abuja.
According to Danbatta, the communications industry, under the leadership of the Ministry of Communications and Digital Economy, will experience more quantum leaps, and retain its current leadership role in the telecommunications space.
He added that the third generation (3G) and fourth generation (4G) base transceiver stations (BTS) deployment in Nigeria has increased from 30,000 to 53,460 .
“Fibre Optic Transmission cables expanded from 47,000km to 54,725km in the last five years, resulting in improved broadband/telecoms service delivery to Nigerians.
Danbatta explained that the effective regulatory regime put in place by the leadership of the Commission has resulted in increased deployment of infrastructure by telecoms operators, which in turn, helped to improve broadband penetration and other related service delivery in the telecoms industry.
“The BTS, fibre optic cables and other related infrastructure are central to the provision of improved service experience for Nigerians by their respective telecoms service providers,”
The Executive Vice Chairman further added that the licensed Infrastructure Companies (InfraCos) are also expected to add 38,296km to optic fibre cables when they commence full operations.
According to the EVC, as at November, 2020, active telephony subscribers stood at 208 million with teledensity standing at 108.92 per cent while active Internet subscriptions were 154.9 million and a broadband penetration of 45.07 per cent, among others.
The EVC disclosed that the number of subscriptions to DND service has hit over 30 million, as the service empowers Nigerians to be able to protect themselves from the menace of unsolicited text messages.
The Perm Sec, Engnr Festus Daudu,
said the effective regulatory role of the Commission has contributed meaningfully to the economy.
He urged the Commission on the need for increased collaboration and teamwork with the Ministry, other agencies and industry stakeholders towards achieving the Federal Government’s objective of a digital economy.
He also promised to support the Commission in whatever ways possible towards achieving its regulatory mandates.