Professor Umar Garba Danbatta, Executive Vice-Chairman of the Nigerian Communications Commission, reaffirmed the commission’s commitment to addressing identified gaps and shortages in the country’s critical telecommunications infrastructure.

To achieve this, Danbatta said, the NCC would ensure the implementation of various regulatory initiatives and programs, working with all stakeholders in the telecommunications ecosystem.

Danbatta gave this assurance during an internal interview that recently took place at the commission’s headquarters in Abuja. This was in a statement by NCC Public Affairs Director Dr. Ikechukwu Adinde titled “NCC is committed to addressing the telecommunications infrastructure deficit – Danbatta”.

He said the measures were aimed at supporting existing and emerging Federal Government policies and strategies focused on providing accessible and affordable broadband services in Nigeria.

According to him, the availability of broadband in sufficient quantity was non-negotiable and irreducible in the national strategy of providing ubiquitous telecommunications services.

Danbatta also commended state and non-state actors for their vision, diligence and continued dedication to the implementation of the Nigerian National Broadband Plan (NNBP) 2020-2025.

He added that one of the gaps identified in robust connectivity was that inadequate infrastructure remained a barrier to desired broadband penetration to boost access to services that would enhance economic growth and development.

“The commission is committed to ensuring inclusiveness by ensuring the provision of affordable and ubiquitous access to the internet, as highlighted by the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) and the United Nations (UN).

“We are aware that until commensurate infrastructure is deployed in the country, the country may not achieve the required target for the desired economic development,” the EVC added.

On NCC’s pioneering strides in rolling out the fifth generation (5G) network in Sub-Saharan Africa, Danbatta explained that rolling out the 5G network in Nigeria would require more infrastructure for the service to reach all parts of the country.

He called for concerted efforts and unwavering commitment from all stakeholders for the nation to achieve steady, timely and accurate deployment of 5G services due to its benefits for individuals, businesses and the country’s growth.

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