The Executive Vice Chairman of the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), Prof. Umar Danbatta, announced at the Commission’s headquarters in Abuja, that the next national Broadband plan will see the country achieving 70 percent broadband penetration by 2024.
Danbatta said “we are steadily seeing increase in broadband penetration. As at February, there is a new target of 70 percent in the next five years. I am sure government will come up with official announcement on the new national Broadband plan, Phase 2. In the area of data usage, there is also steady increase in data usage. We are again seeing that from 4G network services”.
The Vice Chairman also said that “it is important to talk about other statistics. As at February 2019, we had 174 million Nigerians who had access to telecom voice services. And the number is steadily rising. Internet penetration too in real terms is 100 milion”.
Danbatta said “we were supposed to achieve 30 percent as at December 2018 but we have exceeded that target courtesy of national Broadband Plan”.
He however added that whatever percentage increase NCC will give out in percentage terms will be in reference to the existing Nigerian population, saying all growth parameters are steadily growing courtesy of expansion programme on 4G operators in the country.
CEO Airtel Nigeria, Mr. Segun Ogunsanya, who reacted to the achievements made by the NCC, said “over the years we have seen various mile stones, some have been achieved and some have been surpassed, and this is due to your vision for the industry and support for the operators in the industry. By creating a level playing ground for all the players to succeed and do well. On behalf of Airtel we say a big thank you”.