THE reappointment of Prof Umar Danbatta by President Muhammadu Buhari and his verification by the Senate as the Executive Vice-Chairman and CEO of the Nigerian Telecom Commission, NCC, are apparent seals of fulfillment over his very first term and approval for him and his group to continue pressing the frontiers in the advancement of our telecoms sector and digital economy.
Prof. Danbatta initially concerned the NCC on August 4, 2015. The previous 5 years have actually been a duration on the planet where digital interaction has actually gone much more digital. Information took the centre-stage. Market operators have actually fought with around the world patterns to guarantee we are not left too far behind.
It was up to the required of the NCC to masterfully shepherd the market and deal with the difficulties positioned by high expense of Right of Method, RoW( which obstructed network advancement), numerous tax, health issues associating with the siting of telecommunication towers near suburbs, improvising to deal with bad public electrical power supply and others.
Prof. Danbattas eight-point program and five-year advancement strategy assisted in the renaming of the Ministry of Communications to accommodate the Digital Economy focus. The National Bureau of Stats, NBS, verifies that the telecoms sector now represents 14.7 percent of our GDP (Q1, 2020). Our telephone customer base increased from 151 million to 196.3 million (June 2020) with a teledensity of 102.88 percent.
Danbattas group went beyond the 30 percent broadband penetration target set for December 2020, shooting it from 8 percent in 2015 to 41.27 percent in June 2020. Web customers increased from 90 million to 143.7 million since June 2020.
Apart from the increased empowerment of customers, NCC has actually likewise increased efforts to remove the pre-registered Customer Recognition, SIM, card syndrome (which had actually greased the wheel of criminal activity and metropolitan terrorism) and effectively governed the spectrum resources for higher service shipment.
Really significantly, the tactical engagement with the Governors Online forum over RoW concerns has actually assisted provider to increase infrastructural growth.
Nevertheless, we are not yet there. The journey to the future is still extremely far-off. Since 2018, Nigeria ranked 122nd out of 159 nations in the worldwide telecoms index of the International Telecom Union, ITU. This, and the brand-new Digital Economy focus of the Buhari federal government, must stimulate Danbatta and his group to higher efforts. As the world comes to grips with the COVID-19 dispensation and the looming 5G difficulty, Nigerians should be appropriately assisted.
We should stream in tandem with a world order where information is whatever. We are positive that Danbattas NCC will put Nigeria in an excellent position in world telecoms with higher native exposure. Market gamers should be managed a much better operating environment and more focus must be on acceptable service shipment to individuals.