Nigeria’s broadband penetration recorded a quantum leap within the final seven months from November 2021 with a report of seven million new subscriptions, indicating a gentle rise in nation’s quest to realize 70 per cent nationwide protection by 2025.
Government Vice Chairman (EVC) of the Nigerian Communications Fee (NCC), Prof. Umar Danbatta, who introduced the figures in Lagos not too long ago on the launch of a e book on the affect of broadband on the economic system, stated the regular development in broadband penetration is positively impacting different sectors of the economic system comparable to healthcare, training, agriculture, finance, transportation, commerce, governance, and different sectors.
Danbatta stated the sector has spectacular statistics as he introduced the keynote on the eleventh eWorld Discussion board, which featured the launch of a e book: “Nigeria Drivers of Digital Prosperity: The Trajectories of the Digital Evolution, Sector Evaluation and Gamers Contributions”, authored by the Convener of the discussion board, Mr. Aaron Ukodie, a veteran Info and Communication Expertise (ICT) journalist and writer of eWorld Information On-line.
“Web subscribers have grown from 90 million in 2015 to 150.36 million as at Could 2022. Additionally, inside the interval below evaluation, broadband penetration elevated from 8 per cent to 43.67 per cent, indicating that over 83.3 million subscribers are on broadband networks of 3G and 4G. Certainly, between November 2021 and Could 2022, the networks have added 7 million new customers,” Danbatta stated.
On the occasion, chaired by the previous EVC of the NCC and present Chairman of MTN Nigeria, Dr. Ernest Ndukwe, Danbatta, who was represented by NCC’s Head, Spectrum Administration, Abraham Oshadami, knowledgeable the viewers that within the fourth quarter of 2021, the sector contributed 12.61 per cent to the Gross Home Product (GDP), an affordable leap from 8.50 per cent in 2015. Lively cellular voice subscription additionally elevated from 151 million in 2015 to over 204 million as at Could 2022, whereas teledensity is 107.17 per cent.
On common entry and repair, the NCC chief government stated the Fee, via the Common Service Provision Fund (USPF) has recorded big successes in direction of making certain that telecommunications companies are accessible to numerous individuals (and communities) at reasonably priced costs, along with numerous initiatives being applied by the Fee to extend common entry and repair in addition to to reinforce authorities efforts in poverty discount.
In the meantime, Ndukwe has applauded the progressive steps that the Fee has taken because the strong basis laid with the clear public sale of 2001 and the Nigerian Communications Act 2003 as an enabling regulation, thus giving a strong basis upon which the present strides are being made.