ABUJA, Nigeria – The Nigerian Communication Commission, NCC, has disclosed that it witnessed impressive growth in the effective regulation of telecommunication under the leadership of its Executive Vice Chairman, Professor Umar Danbatta.
A statement signed by Kunle Azeez, Head of NCC Public Affair (Online Media and Special Publications) said “telecoms contribution to Nigeria’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) increased from 8.50 percent in August 2015 to 11.39 percent as at October, 2019.”
It explained that the feat was achieved due to effective regulatory environment created by the commissions helmsman, Umar Dambatta,
NCC also revealed that telecommunications’ from August 2015 till date recorded high growth statistics.
According to data released by the commission, “Active mobile voice subscribers increased from 151,018,624 to 2015 to 180,386,316 during the same period while teledensity increased to 94.50 percent following its rebasing in early 2019.
“Internet subscribers increased from 90 million in 2015 to 123.5 million by October, 2019 while broadband penetration jumped from 8 percent to its current 37.87 percent, indicating a total of 72,289,389 Nigerian access data services on 3G and 4G networks.
“Also, the number of subscriptions to Mobile Number Portability (MNP) service increased from 385, 617 in August 2015 to 1, 206,874 by October, 2019.
“Similarly, the total number of telecoms subscribers that have subscribed either partially or fully to the Do-Not-Disturb (DND) service introduced by the Commission – to curb cases of unsolicited text messages – increased from level zero to 22,356, 919 currently.”
The NCC in its press statement attributable the feat to an increased public enlightenment by the Commission’s head office and its zonal offices across geo-political zones, especially on the availability and usage of Mobile Number Portability.