The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has said it will be facilitating the deployment of 120,000 kilometres of fibre in the next five years. This, the commission said, would be achieved through the implementation of the National Broadband Plan (NBP 2020-2025).
The Executive Vice Chairman of the Commission, Prof. Umar Danbatta, who disclosed this, said the NCC under his leadership had already facilitated an increase in fibre deployment from 47,000 kilometres to 54,725. “In line with Federal Government’s target, additional 120,000 kilometres of fibre are being planned over the next four years. In this regard, the NCC is working on last-mile connectivity to different parts of the country through leveraging the 40-terabyte capacity of five submarine cables on the coastal shores of Nigeria,” he said.
Against this backdrop, the EVC said the attainment of 70 per cent broadband penetration by 2025 would be one of his top priorities in the next five years. Speaking at an interactive session with media chiefs, Danbatta, who was recently reappointed for a second term of five years, said his regulatory priority areas would also include consumer protection and empowerment; and consolidation of spectrum trading to ensure maximum and efficient usage of available frequencies…
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