OrderPaperToday – The Executive Vice Chairman of the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), Prof. Umar Danbatta has called on government to eradicate multiple taxation to achieve better quality service in the Telecom sector.
Danbatta maintained that government and stakeholders must work in tandem with NCC to overcome some of the challenges facing the telecom sector which include; vandalism and refusal of appropriate authorities to approve Right of Way (RoW) for the deployment of fibre and ancillary infrastructure.
The EVC made the call in Lagos on Friday in a keynote speech he presented to the 5th Edition of the Telecoms Executive Regulatory Forum (TERF), which held at the Oriental Hotel.
Danbatta who was represented by NCC’s Deputy Director, Technical Services, Wakil Bako, also reiterated NCC’s accomplishments and plans towards the provision of robust broadband penetration nationwide.
“As at September, 2017, Nigeria’s Teledensity stood at 99.93; Active Mobile subscribers stood at 139,905,213 million; and Internet Penetration rate is 50%” Danbatta told the audience.”
Danbatta said, “the Commission adopted the Open Access Model for broadband penetration considering the nature of the Nigerian market. This model demands that Infrastructure companies (Infracos) would only play in layer 1B (Metro dark fibre), and layer 2 (active infrastructure layer) of the broadband ecosystem while the last mile services will be undertaken by other operators with requisite licenses in that regard.” He said
The EVC also disclosed to the audience that NCC is equally determined to drive and support availability of high speed in Nigeria to give concrete expression to its mandate of ensuring availability, accessibility and affordability of telecom services.
He said, “This is quite important because the availability of broadband infrastructure will unlock new opportunities and drive a second wave of growth in the telecommunications industry and the economy as a corollary to the exponential growth of voice services.” He said