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Broadband penetration hits 44.5% as NCC reviews Short Code services

By Yemi Adepetun (Lagos) and Nkechi Onyedika-Ugoeze (Abuja)
10 August 2022   |   4:05 am
Nigeria's broadband usage has continued to rise, moving up from 40.9 per cent in February 2022 to 44.5 per cent in July 2022, a figure considered hopeful for achieving the national broadband target of 70 per cent in 2025.

Nigeria’s broadband usage has continued to rise, moving up from 40.9 per cent in February 2022 to 44.5 per cent in July 2022, a figure considered hopeful for achieving the national broadband target of 70 per cent in 2025.

Executive Vice Chairman of the Commission, Prof. Umar Garba Danbatta, disclosed this, yesterday, at the beginning of a three-day public inquiry on five telecom regulations and guidelines in Abuja.

He said emerging technologies and advancements in the sector require the commission’s preparedness to match the developments with appropriate regulations and guidelines.

“With the technological advancements anticipated in the coming years, it is expected that there will be a proliferation of devices in the industry. It is, therefore, essential for the commission to ensure that the right regulatory frameworks can accommodate such eventualities,” he said.

At the event, which was attended by the entire Board of Commissioners, led by its Chairman, Prof. Adeolu Akande, the commission’s boss listed the instruments under review as: Type Approval Regulations, Guidelines on Short Code Operation in Nigeria, Guidelines on Technical Specifications for the Deployment of Communications Infrastructure, Guidelines on Advertisements and Promotions and Consumer Code of Practice Regulations.

He said focus areas were already articulated in some important documents guiding operations of the commission.

These include: the Nigerian National Broadband Plan (NNBP) 2020-2025, the National Digital Economy Policy and Strategy (NDEPS) 2020-2030, NCC’s Strategic Management Plan (SMP) 2020-2024 and its Strategic Vision Implementation Plan (SVIP) 2021-2025.

While stating that these strides are results of the commission’s regulatory efficiency and focused implementation of policies and strategies of the Federal Government of Nigeria, Danbatta said the inquiry is in tandem with the strategy of consulting stakeholders in all regulatory interventions.

Earlier, Head, Telecoms Laws and Regulations at NCC, Helen Obi, said the public inquiry allows the commission to incorporate comments and suggestions of industry stakeholders in the development of regulatory instruments.