58m Nigerians now subscribed to broadband as NCC surpasses penetration target

OrderPaperToday – The Nigeria Communications Commission (NCC) has released statistics on broadband penetration in Nigeria, saying the country’s subscription stands at 30.9%.

This figures exceeds the National Broadband Plan (NBP) threshold of 30% and is equivalent to over 58million subscribers pegged against the overall population of 190million.

This was disclosed by the Executive Vice Chairman of the NCC, Prof. Umar Danbatta, at an interactive session with media chiefs and senior journalists in Abuja on Thursday.

Prof. Danbatta who disclosed that the Commission will soon begin a monthly disclosure of key indices in the telecoms sector, said the increment in broadband subscription was recorded between the months of October and November 2018.

It is worthy of note that the NBP speed index for broadband usage in Nigeria is 1.5MB per second. The total number of subscribers for the service cuts across the country, according to the NCC boss.

The chief executive of the telecoms industry regulator also disclosed that internet subsriber base in Nigeria has increased from 107million to 109million between October and November this year.

He also disclosed that the active voice (mobile) subscriber in the country also increased from 165million to 168million under same period in review.

According to Prof. Danbatta, quoting the NBS report, the telecommunications sector grew by 14.7% from 1st quarter of 2017 to 3rd quarter of 2018, while contributing N4.7trillion to the GDP.

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