The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has indicated its desire to expand broadband penetration across the country to 70 per cent.
Umar Danbatta, NCC Executive Vice Chairman, expressed the commission’s commitment in a statement issued on Sunday.
According to the statement, Danbatta, while speaking at an investment summit tagged “KADINVEST 4.0’’, organised by the Kaduna State Government, said the commission would attain the 70 per cent if it was set as the new target by the Federal Government.
He said: “When I was appointed by President Muhammadu Buhari in 2015, broadband penetration was only 8.5 per cent.
“It has now risen to 33%, an equivalent of 63 million Nigerians enjoying the services.
“I am particularly thrilled to see that the rising trend has not only been sustained, but the NCC is now ready to take it to the next level.”
The NCC boss noted that the country attained a 30 per cent broadband target in 2018 through measures and strategies put in place by the NCC.
Danbatta also urged Fleek Network Ltd, the licensed infrastructure company for the North-West region, to quickly mobilise to site with a view to deploying broadband infrastructure in the region.
“At least, six infrastructure companies (Infracos) have been licensed by the NCC to drive the deployment of broadband infrastructure across the nation’s six geopolitical zones.
“Including Lagos State which is a zone on its own due to the sheer size of its market.
“The license for the north central region which is the only zone remaining is presently being processed,’’ he said.