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2016: NCC to license 5 infracos to boost broadband Internet - Danbatta




The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) is determined to license five infrastructure companies (infracos) before the end of this year to boost broadband internet access to the citizenry, reports ITRealms.

The Executive Vice Chairman (EVC) of NCC, Prof. Umar Garba Danbatta, gave this insight at a media parley with media executives and practitioners in Kano at the weekend, to cover North East, North West, South East, South South and South West.

Whilst admitting that data transmission speed is yet to meet the required standard, he assured, there is little to worry about, stressing that NCC has plans to improve internet connectivity in the country through pervasive broadband availability.

In line with his 8-point agenda, he noted that NCC, had already licenced two  infrastructure companies (Infracos) for Lagos and North Central and will in the course of 2016 licence infracos for North East, North West, South East, South South and South West”. Incentives are being packaged by Government for these potential operators to assist them to launch services and make broadband internet very readily available especially in the major cities”.

“We look forward to when internet connectivity will be free and I know we will get there”.

Addressed the media in both English and Hausa languages, Danbatta said data transmission through broadband is the next revolution in the Information and Communication Technology (ICT) sector, adding “we have repackaged policies to fuel this growth and our 8-point agenda takes very care of this,  Internet will not only be available, it will be accessible and affordable”.

He also said that ICT is certain to remove Nigeria from the outskirts of globalization to the competitive one.

“Our plans are to make broadband internet ubiquitous,” he declared.

He maintained that the commission’s 8-point agenda which covers 2015 to 2020 planned to bring about social benefits and inclusiveness for national development through broadband penetration.

Danbatta pointed out that the agenda would facilitate broadband penetration, improve quality of service, optimize usage and benefits of spectrum, promote ICT innovation and investment opportunities in the country, the NCC’s Executive Vice Chairman, explained unveiling the agenda in Kano.

Just as in Lagos during the international conference recently, Danbatta insisted that the new set vision will foster  wealth creation, application of human knowledge and creativity is steadily out-spacing wealth creation through extraction and processing of natural resources, adding that ICT has immense socio-economic role to play in national development.
 

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