NCC To Regulate Nigeria’s Telecoms Sector In Preparation For Fourth Industrial Revolution

The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has kicked off the process of reviewing the existing Numbering Plan (NP) in the country’s telecoms sector, according to the Executive Vice Chairman of NCC, Prof Umar Danbatta.
Danbatta said that the review is an integral part of ensuring that the telecoms ecosystem is regulated and ready to meet the demands of the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) era.
He was speaking at the recently held 2019 Information Communication Technology and Telecommunication (ICTEL) Exhibition convened by the Lagos Chamber of Commerce and Industry (LCCI) in Lagos, Nigeria.
The theme of the event was “Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) – The Nigerian Story.”

Danbatta said that based on the latest developments in the global telecommunications sector, such as Over the Top (OTT), Internet of Things (loT), man-to-machine (M2M) communications and other services that are presented by fourth-generation futuristic 5G/6G technologies, the NCC has found it crucial to review Nigeria’s numbering plan.
He announced that the development of the new numbering plan would help to provide numbers that would connect approximately 500 million Nigerians by 2050.
Danbatta pointed out that the National Numbering Plan (NNP) is essential to telecoms services for the correct identification of services and devices, saying that the regulator is currently reviewing the existing NNP with the aim of developing a new one that is futuristic and able to address Nigeria’s numbering needs taking into account the nation’s growing population.

According to him, this level of convergence of services requires an upgrade of the number plan as the telecoms sector makes preparations to accommodate new habits and culture in a digital ecosystem.

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