The successes recorded in the telecoms industry since the first commercial rollout of GSM services in Nigeria in 2001, would not have been achieved, if not for the regulatory excellence deployed by the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC).
Executive Vice Chairman of NCC, Professor Umar Garba Danbatta, made the remark at the just concluded Mobile World Congress in Barcelona Spain.
Danbatta told the global telecom community that Nigeria’s success can be credited to her telecom regulatory excellence.
Danbatta spoke as a panelist on the thematic summit titled ‘Creating Incentives for Investment’, during the ministerial programme of the Mobile World Congress.
He said within this space, broadband penetration grew from less than 10 per cent to 21 per cent, while broadband Internet penetration moved from 20 per cent to 40 per cent is an indication that the target 30 per cent growth in broadband by 2018 is no longer a tall order.
The NCC boss informed his audience, including Nigeria’s Minister of Communications, Adebayo Shittu that the inclusion of operational efficiency and regulatory excellence as an important item of the 8-Point Agenda of his administration is a strategic design, which takes into account, best international standards in all areas of telecom regulation in Nigeria.
He said in the instance of spectrum management efficiency, remarkable progress was recorded in the well known transparent spectrum auctions, one of which was 2.6GHz spectrum won by MTN on which it has deployed broadband LTE services. “Another provider, Glo has also deployed similar services, resulting in percentage growth witnessed in broadband, and broadband internet penetration within a short period,” Danbatta said.
At the panel discussion moderated by Partner, Communications Chambers, Brian Williamson; Jolier Zoiller of United States Department of State, and the Secretary of Communications in Argentina, Hector Huici, Danbatta said consistent with the protection and empowerment of the consumer item of the agenda, especially with quality of service, the Commission has committed so much in addressing key challenges of the sector.
“We have the capacity within the Commission, to measure key performance indicators for all operators and the entire length and breadth of the country, and we are able to say with certainty where these indicators are not being met with the standards set by the NCC.”