The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) says it has established
Broadband Implementation Committee to fast track the deployment of
infrastructure to raise broadband penetration in the country.
The Executive Vice Chairman of NCC, Prof. Umar Danbatta,
Disclosed this at the commission’s stakeholders’ engagement meeting with
relevant state agencies in charge of telecommunications matters.
The meeting’s theme is: “Optimising the Benefits of Telecoms
Infrastructure in Nigeria’’.
Danbatta said that the committee would ensure targeted deployment of
infrastructure needed to raise broadband penetration to 30 per cent
before the end of 2018 would be met.
“The license has gone out to the Infrastructure Companies (INFRACOs),
and we have a total of six of them in all zones of the country.
“And each zone has infrastructure company licensed by NCC to deploy
infrastructure in that zone and no licensee is allowed to deploy
infrastructure in any other zone because it will develop issues.
“On top of all these efforts, there is a subsidy NCC intends to pay,
this subsidy will be paid to INFRACO licensee for attainment of
“The monitoring committee will confirm the milestone, verify that it
had been attained and this subsidy will be paid,’’ he said.
Danbatta said that the NCC was eager to support states in driving
universal access to citizens in the remotest parts to universal
affordability, accessibility and availability of service throughout
“This is a critical component of NCC’s Strategic Management Plan and
8-point Agenda,’’ he said.
He said that NCC was keen to enable states maximise the benefits of
broadband infrastructure and digital platforms to drive growth, create
employment and improve socio-economic interactions.
“In this regard, we are encouraging our licensees to explore
opportunities for bilateral arrangements with your states.
“We urge you to take advantage of these opportunities and launch your
respective states into the digital age,’’ Danbatta said.
The Commissioner, Stakeholders Management of NCC, Mr Sunday Dare, said
that over the years as telecoms infrastructure were becoming more
ubiquitous, NCC licensees found it more and more difficult to meet
prescribed rollout and quality of service benchmarks.
Dare said that NCC carefully studied the issues and realised that the
national network was not functioning at optimal levels due to a number
of factors such as frequent interruptions, security of infrastructure,
power issues, high cost of approvals and slow permitting processes.
“We therefore enveloped an engagement template to deal with those
factors that were understandably not within the control of the
“We approached the governors of the 36 states of the federation and
the FCT through the National Economic Council for their assistance.
“And in 2013, they agreed on basic principles to create a more
enabling environment for the speedy deployment of new telecoms
infrastructure and seamless operation of existing ones.
“The 2013 framework is now being reviewed to address obvious gaps and
to accommodate new developments, especially to achieve deeper
broadband penetration and more efficient services.
“We could just have limited our engagement to the governors. However,
NCC strongly believes in applying well-tested approach of consultative
regulation to our other endeavours, which is why we consider it
critical to discuss with you.
“This forum is therefore very critical to the development of our dear
country and that is why it is centered on the theme of “Optimising the
Benefits of Telecoms Infrastructure in Nigeria”.
The meeting had in attendance representatives from over 26 states of
the federation and FCT, amongst other stakeholders