NCC supports FG’s plan To boost Nigeria’s Broadband Penetration Rate

David OputahNovember 20, 20234 min

NCC has declared its support to the drive by the Federal Government to boost Nigeria’s broadband penetration rate in line with the National Broadband Plan

The Executive Vice Chairman, Nigerian Communications Commission, NCC, Dr. Aminu Maida has said that the commission, under his leadership, will support the target of the Federal Ministry of Communications, Innovation, and Digital Economy to boost Nigeria’s broadband penetration rate to 70 per cent by the end of 2025 in line with the Nigeria National Broadband Plan, NNBP 2020-2025.

Maida, who disclosed this in a keynote address with the theme, “Broadband Availability and Potentials of Data Revolution”, which he delivered during the 13th Annual Nigeria ICT Impact CEO Forum/Africa Digital Award held at the Oriental Hotel, Lagos on Saturday, described broadband or high-speed Internet access as one which allows users to access the Internet and Internet-related services at significantly higher speeds than those available through “dial-up” services.

He observed that through various policy directions, especially the Nigerian National Broadband Plan, NNBP 2020-2025, the Nigerian government had set out ambitious targets accompanied by timelines that aimed towards making broadband an enabler of economic growth across all sectors in Nigeria.

Represented by the Director, Public Affairs, NCC, Mr. Reuben Muoka, the NCC helmsman maintained that although limited access to high-speed service, lack of advanced IT skills, funding, and inadequate infrastructure among several other factors had been identified as the major constraints slowing Nigeria’s internet economy, Nigeria had demonstrated commitment and passion, through various policy and regulatory frameworks, to ensure wider broadband coverage for the country.

This, he said, was because the data revolution presented great potential and opportunity for the socio-economic development of Nigeria.

He revealed that the Commission’s focus in the next four years and beyond under the current administration aligned strictly with the vision for the digital economy, as envisioned in the Strategic Plan of the Minister of Communications, Innovation, and Digital Economy, Dr. Bosun Tijani.

Maida said, “The Strategic Blueprint, unveiled in October 2023 has five pillars and prioritizes deployment of broadband infrastructure and digital empowerment of 3 million Nigerian youths, among others.

“One of the five pillars of the Strategic Blueprint is the ‘Infrastructure’ component, which focuses on broadband accessibility, availability, and affordability. Other pillars of the Ministerial strategic plan are Knowledge; Policy; Innovation/Entrepreneurship and Capital; and Trade. The Strategic Plan is designed to drive a major part of the overall implementation of the Renewed Hope Agenda of President Bola Tinubu, GCFR.

“The NCC, under my leadership will support the target of the Ministry to boost Nigeria’s broadband penetration rate to 70 percent by the end of 2025 in line with the NNBP 2020-2025, through the laying of 95,000 kilometres of fibre optic cables across the country.

“In the same vein, and in line with the vision of the Ministry, we are targeting the provision of coverage of, at least, 80 percent of the country’s population, especially the underserved and unserved populations by the end of 2027; we also intend to secure between 300-500 percent increase in broadband investment by the end of 2027; while we work to reduce the gap of unconnected Nigerians in rural areas from 61 percent to less than 20 percent by 2027.

“Other key targets in the Strategic Plan of the Ministry, which has adopted a clear-cut strategy to transform Nigeria’s digital economy sector and which the NCC is committed to, include the plan to deliver data download speed of 25Mbps in urban areas and 10Mbps in rural areas by the end of 2025; achieve a 50 percent improvement in quality of service (QoS) by 2024; 22 percent increase in net GDP contribution by digital economy by 2027 as well as increase in investment into Nigeria’s telecommunications sector by 15 per recent year-on-year.

David Oputah

Oputah David M is a Bloomberg-trained Journalist with a diversified experience in online journalism and newsroom management. He is a 2023 MTN Media Innovation fellow!

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