NCC Expresses Readiness for 70% Broadband Penetration
By Dipo Olowookere
Executive Vice Chairman of the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), Prof Umar Garba Danbatta, has said the commission was ready to drive the process of attaining 70 percent broadband penetration in the next couple of years, if that is set as the new target by the Federal Government.
Speaking while delivering a goodwill message at an investment summit of Kaduna State Government, KADINVEST 4.0, Prof Danbatta, expressed optimism about the commitment of the agency toward taking the broadband penetration to the next level.
He said, “When I was appointed by President Muhammadu Buhari in 2015, broadband penetration was only 8.5 percent. It has now risen to 33 percent, an equivalent of 63 million Nigerians enjoying the services.
“I am particularly thrilled y to see that the rising trend has not only been sustained, but the NCC is now ready to take it to the next level,” he pointed out.
It could be recalled that Nigeria attained its 30% 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.
Speaking further at the occasion, however, Mr Danbatta also urged Fleek Network Limited, the licensed Infraco for the North West to quickly mobilise to site with a view to deploying broadband infrastructure in the region.
At least, six infrastructure companies (Infracos) have been licensed by the NCC under the leadership of Prof Danbatta, 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.