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Attaining 30% minimum coverage by 2018 is possible - NCC



Nigeria’s determination to attain 30 per cent minimum coverage by 2018 is possible according to the Executive Vice Chairman of the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), Prof. Umar Garba Danbatta, ITRealms reports.

Speaking in audience with the Executive Secretary, West African Telecommunications Regulatory Assembly (WATRA) Alhaji Maman Laminou, in his office, Danbatta declared that NCC is working hard to ensure this is achieved within the set time frame.

“The National Broadband Plan (NBP) will be pursued vigorously and that attaining the 30 per cent minimum coverage by 2018 is possible,” he said.

This is coming as NCC reiterated support for WATRA in fulfilling its aims and objectives, stressing that the ECOWAS body is welcome to NCC at all times.

On the NCC broadband plan, he said, it is intended to cater for everybody including those in the rural communities, as the Commission counts on leveraging WATRA’s expertise to actualise the recently unveiled eight-point agenda whose focus is on the turnaround of the telecommunications sector.

The EVC further assured WATRA team that the National Broadband Plan (NBP) will be pursued vigorously and that attaining the 30 per cent minimum coverage by 2018 is possible. 

Laminou on his part, congratulated Danbatta on his appointment as EVC of the NCC and pledged WATRA’s support, revealing that they are in the process of harmonising the roaming activities in ECOWAS with guidelines for a seamless interconnection and roaming of telephone users in West Africa up the stream in preparation.
 
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