The new leadership of the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) is rejigging its strategy of achieving Nigeria’s broadband penetration rate to 70 per cent by the end of 2025.
The new Executive Vice Chairman of the NCC, Dr Aminu Maida said that under his leadership, he would be supporting the target of the Ministry of Communication, Innovation and Digital Economy to boost Nigeria’s broadband penetration rate to 70 per cent by the end of 2025 in line with the NNBP 2020-2025, through the laying of 95,000 kilometres of fibre optic cables across the country.
He disclosed at the 13th Annual Nigeria ICT Impact CEO Forum/Africa Digital Award in a keynote address with the theme: “Broadband Availability and Potentials of Data Revolution” that the NCC would continue to ensure diligent implementation of our broadband strategy to ensure that everybody is carried along.
Maida who represented by the Director of Public Affairs, Mr Reuben Muoka said “we would be able to work collaboratively to catalyze a digital transformation that impacts our entire population.”
He said: “Commission, we will also ensure effective management of our spectrum resources as pathways for the growth of new and emerging technologies, improvement of businesses and seamless access to government services.”
He recounted the promise to laying of 95,000 kilometres of fibre optic cables across the country saying that “in line with the vision of the Ministry, we are targeting the provision of coverage of, at least, 80 per cent of the country’s population, especially the underserved and unserved populations by the end of 2027.”
He said the NCC intends to secure between 300-500 per cent increase in broadband investment by the end of 2027 and reduce the work to reduce the gap of unconnected Nigerians in rural areas from 61 per cent to less than 20 per cent by 2027.