With the broadband penetration in the country presently at 13 per cent, the Nigeria Communication Commission (NCC) has reiterated plans to grow penetration to 30 per cent.
The executive vice chairman and CEO, Nigeria Communication Commission NCC, made this known during ‘The 2016 Nigeria ICT Impact CEO Forum and Awards’ Africa Digital Awards (ADA)’, organised by ICT Watch Network in Lagos, with the theme ‘How can broadband deployment
impact on Nigeria’s economic recovery?’ saying that the National Broadband Committee had
projected a target of 30 per cent broadband penetration by the year 2018.
The NCC EVC who was represented by NCC Director, Public Affairs, Mr Tony Ojobo, said that the country needs to put in more efforts towards achieving the broadband target by 2018.
He stressed that broadband penetration has grown from the 10 per cent penetration recorded since last year, with current estimation put at about 13 per cent, but the implication is that the nation has little time to achieve the target and probably surpass it.
According to him, “One may begin to wonder why we are laying a lot of emphasis on broadband. The reason is not far-fetched, and as broadband has become a global benchmark for the future of economic development of nations and states.
“The World Bank recognises the socio-economic impact of broadband penetration and the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), currently promotes
broadband through the Broadband Commission, for the benefit of nations.
“Recommendations of this commission make it imperative that any nation that is serious with economic development must address the issue of availability of broadband very seriously,” he said.
Danbatta noted that the World Bank had said that with every 10 per cent increase in broadband penetration, there was a 1.3 per cent increase on a country’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP).
He said that it meant that any nation that focused efforts in broadband penetration would invariably improve its socio-economic advancement.
The EVC said that NCC’s strategy was to facilitate and support availability of broadband services by promoting deployment of universally available, fast and reliable network infrastructure.
He said that such would stimulate seamless broadband penetration to drive technology innovations and overall productivity of the economy.
“We will continue to speak about the imperatives of ICT, until such a time that the nation is sufficiently supplied with broadband, to enable us achieve the triple As of Availability, Accessibility and Affordability,’’ Danbatta said.
Danbatta said that the industry had 149.8 million as at June 2016, with a teledensity of about 107.1 per cent, while the internet subscription also grew to about 97 per cent.

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