NCC sees 70% broadband penetration in five years

Nigeria’s telecoms industry regulator, the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) yesterday said with the achievment of 33 per cent broadband penetration now in the country, it is realistic to increase the penetration to 70 per cent over the next five years.

Its Executive Vice Chairman/CEO, Prof Umar Garba Danbatta who spoke while receiving a delegation from Bharti Airtel Group, led by the Chief Executive Officer Airtel Africa, Mandara Raghunath, in his office in Abuja, said the country exceeded the 30 per cent threshold set by the National Broadband Plan last year December.

Danbatta expressed optimism that the country can achieve 70 per cent broadband penetration milestone in the next five years, even though a new national target of the penetration has not been made public yet.

He said: “We exceeded expectation of Nigeria as the broadband penetration was 31 per cent as at December last year. The good news is that we are steadily seeing increase in the penetration.

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