Wednesday November 30, 2022

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Check here for the latest news and headlines of what's going on in the Nigerian telecommunications industry and the activities of the Nigerian Communications Commission

- Assures Nigerians that the Commission "will never approve the deployment of infrastructure and equipment by telecom operators if such facilities are hazardous".

The Nigerian Communications Commission, NCC, has put in context once again, the spectacular multiplier effects of telecommunication on all sectors of the Nigerian economy which are expressed in the revolutionary transformation seen in our lives since the introduction of Global System of Mobile communication about two decades ago.

– says some students have leveraged ICT parks on campuses and now earn up to half a million naira monthly

The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has been described as an exceptional organisation because of its approach to strategic collaboration and partnership and particularly for expressing a perceptive understanding of the concept of development.

This expression is evident in NCC’s culture of inclusion – consultation and participation of stakeholders in its programmes and projects – which is in line with the reigning paradigm of development.

- Chairman of the Assessment Committee says: “We have accepted the challenge NCC has thrown at us”

- Award recipients declare: “NCC is doing well in promoting knowledge economy, we are encouraged, and we will deliver as expected”

The Executive Vice Chairman and Chief Executive (EVC/CE) of the Nigerian Communications Commission, NCC, Professor Umar Danbatta, recalling the seminal words of a philosopher, has said the quality of life in a society is determined by the quality of research and as someone who is located at the intersection of telecom engineering scholarship and telecommunication industry, he was gratified by the increasing collaboration and partnership between the academia and telecommunication industry in Nigeria.


The Executive Vice Chairman of the Nigerian Communications Commission, Professor Umar Danbatta, has said that building a robust broadband network will impact education, health, energy, agriculture, security and indeed all sectors of the economy because ICT has been positively expressed in all aspects of the Nigerian economy.

Danbatta, represented by Oluwatoyin Asaju, Deputy Director, Spectrum Administration, NCC, said this yesterday in a paper presented at the e-World News Magazine Forum 2019 held at Oriental Hotel, Lagos.

Building an Efficient Broadband Network will Positively Impact Education, Health, Agriculture, Energy, Security and Other Sectors – Danbatta
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The Executive Vice Chairman of the Nigerian Communications Commission, Professor Umar Danbatta, has said that building a robust broadband network will impact education, health, energy, agriculture, security and indeed all sectors of the economy because ICT has been positively expressed in all aspects of the Nigerian economy.

Danbatta, represented by Oluwatoyin Asaju, Deputy Director, Spectrum Administration, NCC, said this yesterday in a paper presented at the e-World News Magazine Forum 2019 held at Oriental Hotel, Lagos.

Danbatta noted that the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) and UNESCO maintain that improving the livelihoods of citizens around the world through sustainable development is a great challenge that can be easily mitigated by utilizing broadband.

The EVC reiterated that this is the reason NCC has been focused on facilitating the expansion of the nation’s broadband network. At the moment the licensing and output-based subsidy negotiations with six (6) Infrastructure Companies (InfraCos) based on the Open Access Model has been finalized. The companies will cover Lagos as an entity as well as the extant geopolitical configuration of country, and NCC will continue to make spectrum resources available to all operators.

Danbatta affirmed that with additional deployment of broadband infrastructure, broadband – “High Speed Internet which could largely be delivered through Optic Fibre, Wireless Spectrum and High Throughput Satellites” – of a speed not less than 1.5Mbps, will be reviewed upwards to enable strong connectivity.

The NCC Chief Executive then called on government at all levels to curtail issues of multiple taxation, multiple regulation, Right of Way issues, timely and simplified approval processes for site acquisition and harmonized right of way charges. He emphasized that these are some of the challenges bedeviling the telecom sector and they have to be satisfactorily and conclusively addressed in order to enhance the spread of broadband to un-served and underserved areas of Nigeria and to improve the quality of service.

Concluding his remarks, Danbatta returned to his original thesis and declared: “if you build an efficient broadband network, everything else will follow. The ability to control energy use; ability to manage healthcare in isolated populations; ability to deliver education; ability to better care for our environment; ability to streamline transport networks; and ability to improve public safety”.

Students of the University of Port Harcourt, yesterday had their turn to experience the meaning of consumer protection, and strategic collaboration and partnership drive of the Nigerian Communications Commission, NCC, as the team from the Commission's Port Harcourt Zonal Office met with the students on their campus to discuss a wide range issues connected to telecom consumer protection and strategic collaboration with telecom stakeholders.

Woyengikuro George, Principal Manager at the Zonal Office, who led the NCC team to the campus outlined and undertook extensive discussion with the students on a wide range of issues about NCC activities to inform and educate the students on how best to take advantage of the Commission’s consumer-centric initiatives.