INTERNATIONAL TELECOM SUMMIT: NCC SINGS ITS OWN PRAISE

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[Spain]–The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has alluded the growth in the country’s communication sector as a stride steered by the commission.

The executive vice chairman/CEO,  Professor Umar Garba Danbatta, gave this assertion in an international Telecom Summit in Barcelona, Spain titled “The Next Element”. The Summit had more than 108,000 attendees with 2,300 companies exhibiting products ranging from new handsets, new apps, virtual realities, connected cars, backend solutions and others.

The NCC Boss spoke as a panelist on the session titled ‘Creating Incentives for Investment’. It was a high profile ministerial programme of Mobile World Congress which ended yesterday.

According to him, there is substantial growth in Nigeria’s broadband penetration which grew from less than 10% to 21%, while broadband Internet penetration moved from 20 per cent to 40 per cent. Danbatta believes that the national target of 30 per cent growth in broadband growth by 2018 is no longer a tall order.

The NCC boss shed light on the direction of the commission in 2017 which is hinged on the need to protect and empower Nigerians who serves as customers to telecommunication companies.

Professor Danbatta said that the Commission is set to flag off a campaign tagged: “2017: Year of the Telecom Consumer in Nigeria” to accentuate a provision in the 8-Point Agenda which is to protect and empower the consumer.

The NCC CEO informed his audience which include fellow ministers, regulators, vendors, service providers and experts from different countries of the world that the inclusion of operational efficiency and regulatory excellence as an important item of the 8-Point Agenda of his administration is a strategic design, which takes into account, best international standards in all areas of telecom regulation in Nigeria.

He believes that the Commission have the capacity to measure key performance indicators for all operators and the entire length and breadth of the country, and will be able to say with certainty where these indicators are not being met with the standards set by the NCC. Unfortunately, He believes there are many operators that are not meeting with these standards.

In the panel discussion moderated by Brian Williamson, Partner, Communications Chambers, Jolier Zoiller of United States Department of State, and Hector Huici, Secretary of Communications in Argentina, Professor Danbatta said consistent with the protection and empowerment of the consumer item of the agenda, especially with quality of service, the Commission has been committed to tackling it to its logical conclusion.




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