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Nigeria’s Internet Connection Increases Over a Ten-Month Period

As part of the growth of technology in Nigeria, the Nigerian Communications Communication, NCC says it recorded 5.53 per cent broadband penetration between January–October 2019. 

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Third and Fourth Generation Network in Nigeria

According to the recent statistics from the regulatory body, the Commission increased Nigeria’s broadband penetration from 32.34 per cent (indicating 61,732,130 Nigerians on 3G and 4G networks) to 37.87 per cent between the 10 months period (indicating 72,289,389 on 3G and 4G networks) in the 10 months’ period.

It also revealed that the contribution of the telecoms to GDP: For the 1st Quarter and 2nd Quarter 2019, stood at 10.11 per cent and 11.39 per cent respectively.

These, it said to show an improvement from the 9.19 per cent and 10.43 per cent contribution in the 1st Quarter and 2nd Quarter of 2018, respectively.

NCC added that the general ICT contribution to GDP increased from about 10 per cent last year to 13.8 per cent currently. On Active mobile voice subscribers, the Commission said the sector recorded an increase from 174,012,136 to 180,386,316.

Internet Users in Nigeria Increases

For internet subscription, the figure increased from 114,306,598 to 123,559,596. On the issue of Mobile Number Portability, MNP, the regulatory body said 110, 500 numbers were ported between January 2019 – October 2019 as against 71, 723 subscribers who ported their lines between the same 10-month period in 2018.

Using Nigerian Technology to Fight Insurgency

Last month, the Executive Vice Chairman (EVC) of the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), Prof. Umar Danbatta gave a speech on “leveraging the power of ICT to contain insurgency and emergencies”.

He affirmed that empirical knowledge of what ICTs can do in tackling numerous challenges explained Commission’s insistence on compliance by all stakeholders to the guidelines governing SIM registration, and why NCC had been upbeat in getting the Emergency Communication Centres (ECC) ready all over the country as directed by the Federal Government.

According to the NCC website,

One of these issues is national mobilisation of the mass media around the issues of security. Therefore, developing a national networking strategy of all stakeholders is important to address other challenges just as the challenge of inter-agency cooperation and collaboration among the security forces had been addressed.

What the NCC is!

The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) is the independent regulatory authority for the telecommunications industry in Nigeria. The NCC was created under Decree number 75 by the [Federal Military Government of Nigeria] on 24 November 1992.

The Nigerian Communication Commission

The Commission is responsible for creating an enabling environment for competition among operators in the industry as well as ensuring the provision of qualitative and efficient telecommunications services throughout the country.

The NCC was charged with the responsibility of regulating the supply of telecommunications services and facilities, promoting competition, and setting performance standards for telephone services in Nigeria. The Decree has been abrogated and replaced with the Nigerian Communications Act (NCA) 2003.

The NCC’s Mandate

In order to achieve its mandate, the Commission has put in place the necessary licensing and regulatory framework for the supply of telecommunications services.

The mandate of the Nigerian Communications Commission is established in the  Nigerian Communications Act 2003 , which was signed into law by the President, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo (GCFR) on the 8th of July 2003 after being passed by both Houses of the National Assembly. The Act provides the NCC with the capacity to properly carry out its Regulatory functions and activities.

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