Executive Vice Chairman of Nigerian Communication Commission (NCC), Prof. Umar Garba Dandatta has revealed that Nigeria’s Mobile Broadband penetration has hit 20.9%, a testimony that the industry is very vibrant and potentials for growth.
Danbatta said this at A Special & High-powered reception organized in his honour by Association of Teclecoms Companies of Nigeria (ATCON) in Lagos.
NCC CEO quoted International Telecoms Union (ITU) / United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) Report of September 2016.
The development, IT NEWS NIGERIA gathered, means that true broadband penetration is underreported and before now NCC pegged mobile broadband uptake at 13%.
“We are in a hurry to reach our set target. States should remove obstacles to broadband penetration. We are determined to meet 30% target by 2018,” Danbatta said passionately.
The NCC Chair detailed that the development indicates the telecoms industry is vibrant and that there is potential for massive growth but not without surmountable obstacles and challenges.
He was dismayed about the attitude of individuals and state governments towards telecoms because they contributed to denying their peoples access to telecoms services by destroying facilities and assets of operators.
“Individuals and states governments have constituted themselves as impediments to high speed internet access.”
According to him, non-technical factors, which conspire to degrade the quality of service are erratic power supply, vandalisation of telecom infrastructure, multiple taxation and right of way issues as well as security challenge at mobile base stations, among others.
As requards Multiple Taxation and Right of Way, Dambatta said “to resolve these challenges, we have adopted a pragmatic approach, and one of the platforms used by the Commission is the engagement of the Governors forum through outreaches.”
He commended Ogun State Governor, His Excellency, Ibikunle Amosun who recently ordered for the unsealing of 47 base stations hitherto under lock and key before my visit to the state.”
He urged each state in the federation to unseal telecoms mast to enable their people has access to telecoms services.
Speaking further, he said “to curtail the problem of vandalism, the Commission is tirelessly working to ensure the passage of the critical infrastructure bill at the National Assembly so that telecoms infrastructure will be declared as National assets.”
Notwithstanding these challenges, the Commission has remained resolute and committed to providing Regulatory interventions that ensure Network Operators adhere to the conditions of their licences and consumers get the best of quality of experience.”
The chief organizer of the special reception for the EVC and ATCON president, Mr Olusola Teniola said earlier in his opening address that the move is to welcome danbatta to the Nigeria ICT industry .
According to him, ATCON pledges to work with the EVC to move telecoms industry forward.
The event was gathering of all players in the telecoms industry. But Globacom and Etisalat were conspicuously absent.