NCC Recommits To Bridging Nigeria’s Broadband Infrastructure Gap

The Nigeria Communications Commission (NCC) has reaffirmed its commitment to bridge the gap between the planned and existing fibre infrastructure to increase the country’s broadband penetration.
Prof Umar Garba Danbatta, the Executive Vice Chairman (EVC) of Nigeria Communications Commission (NCC) made the announcement at the 10th edition of the eWorld Forum, held in Lagos.
The conference theme was ‘Roadmap to Broadband Everywhere’.
Danbatta said that the NCC had set up a strategy to ensure access to broadband through an Open Access Model aligned to the National Broadband Plan.
He noted that the deployment of Optic Fibre transmission network had been used in the “Open Access Model” to bridge the digital gap and deliver reliable and fast broadband services to businesses and households.
Danbatta stated that the establishment of the Broadband Implementation & Monitoring Committee (BIMC) was aimed at driving broadband infrastructure licensing and deployment.
He revealed that broadband could reduce inequality and poverty, help provide access to health and education, and also ensure sustainable development in the future.
He also called on the government to resolve the issues of multiple taxation and regulation right of way challenges as well as ensure a quick and simplified approval process for site acquisition.
This, according to him, would enhance the spread of broadband to many unserved and underserved areas of Nigeria through an efficient Broadband network.

Aaron Ukodie, the Managing Director of Ajomedia and the Publisher of eWorldNews, also spoke at the conference, saying that the time had come for Nigeria to start setting a new digital agenda which would lead to achieving a successful digital revolution.

He added that for the country to achieve this desired revolution, more effort should be made by the regulator to ensure a level field for all players in the industry to thrive.

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