On Tuesday, the Executive Vice Chairman of NCC, Prof Umar Danbatta, said this in a presentation at the Digital Africa Conference and Exhibition, which began at Base University, Abuja.
Danbatta, who was represented at the event by committee chair ,Iyabo Solanke also said the commission would encourage the use of new technology, White Space television, for broadband penetration in rural communities.
He said: “In April 2019, the broadband penetration rate was 33.7%, compared to 8.5% in 2015. In real terms, Nigeria has more than 64.3 million broadband.
The commission believes that access to telecommunications should not be an exclusive privilege of the elite. So we started the process of using white space television technology to provide affordable broadband services to rural, marginalized and not served area in the country.
“We have also licensed infrastructure companies in the country’s six geopolitical areas, and the Infraco license is part of the NCC open access model initiative, which aims to strengthen broadband infrastructure.”
Danbatta added that Infracos’ efforts to increase broadband penetration would be concretely boosted by subsidies, which should make their services affordable.
Speaking at the event, Digital Africa coordinator Dr. Evans Woherem, said Africa should not miss the Fourth Industrial Revolution and pointed out that a country like South Africa had created a ministry of the fourth industrial revolution.
“Africa must be part of the fourth industrial revolution, because we have lost the great advances of human innovation. It is time for Africa to make the right decisions to be able to create and enjoy the abundance here in Africa and truly be part of the world”.
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17 November, 2019