- Nigerian Communications Commission says 40m Nigerians out of internet coverage
- The NCC said this is as a result of over 200 access gaps
- It added that something needed to done urgently to bridge these gaps so these Nigerians can start enjoying internet access
40 million Nigerians are out of internet coverage according to the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC). The apex communication agency said this is due to over 200 access gaps recorded in the Information and Communication Technology industry.
Vice chairman/chief executive officer of the NCC, Mr. Umar Danbatta, who disclosed this at the ongoing International Telecommunication Union (ITU) Annual Regional Human Capacity Building Workshop said that something needed to done urgently to bridge these gaps, Vanguard reports.
“In Nigeria, we have more than 200 access gaps. We know where these gaps are and you won’t believe this, but these access gaps deprive Nigerians, close to 40 million of them, access to internet.
“When we talk about policies that need to be put in place to improve internet services, we need to look at what we can we do to fast track plugging these access gaps, because unless we do something, many of our citizens would continue to live without access to internet, especially the right kind of internet connectivity, the high speed internet, which must be facilitated by broadband infrastructure.”
He added that there is need for necessary infrastructure to facilitate access to the internet.
“The whole essence is to provide that connectivity which is necessary; and connectivity that is easily accessible and easily available and of course, affordable, to the masses of this country. I believe other countries are doing the same so that access to the internet can be facilitated at the right speed and time, irrespective of where our citizens are located. Access is very important,” he noted.
Meanwhile, NAIJ.com had reported that the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) said the country’s phone subscriptions have reached 147 million as at January this year.
The executive vice chairman of NCC, Prof Umar Danbatta, disclosed this during the NCC Special Day at the ongoing 29th Enugu International Trade Fair.
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