NCC shares regulatory expertise with Guinea Bissau

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By Emmanuel Elebeke

The Executive Vice Chairman/CEO of the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), Prof. Umar Garba Danbatta, has shared his experiences on among the regulatory fashions, approaches, and finest practices being carried out by the Commission in selling a secure telecoms sector and accelerating digital inclusion in Nigeria.

Danbatta shared these experiences whereas receiving a delegation from Autoridade Reguladora Nacional (ARN), the Telecom National Regulatory Authority of Guinea-Bissau who had been on a week-long benchmarking go to to the Commission in Abuja on Wednesday, May 26, 2021.

The delegation was within the Commission to achieve insights into NCC’s regulatory template as a part of the change to construct stronger bilateral relations with the Commission within the space of telecommunications regulation.

According to Danbatta, who can also be the Chairman of the West African Telecommunication Regulatory Assembly (WATRA), the Nigerian Communications Commission has been recognised by the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) as Africa’s foremost regulatory organisation and has through the years acquired regulators from throughout Africa and past whose mission is to understudy the Commission.

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He recalled the robust assist to Nigeria by Guinea Bissau in the course of the just lately concluded election for the place of Executive Secretary of WATRA and the Chairmanship of the regional physique, noting that the benchmarking go to underscores the cordial relationship, mutual cooperation, and collaboration between each international locations.

“The 16 members of the regional organization share a common vision in ensuring that the citizens are not digitally excluded and are cooperating to ensure that access to information and communication technology services are not only ubiquitous but that they are available and affordable through effective national and regional policies”, Danbatta stated.

The EVC identified that the NCC has by way of the implementation of varied coverage initiatives, significantly the National Broadband Plan (2020-2025) improved entry to broadband for over 80 million Nigerians and targets the supply of Point of Broadband Access (PoA) in all of the 774 native authorities areas (LGAs) of the nation inside the plan interval. Dnabatta acknowledged that challenges stay within the course of, however noticed that NCC is dedicated to addressing such challenges because the Right of Way (RoW) situation, a number of taxations, vandalism of telecom infrastructure, amongst others, confronting the licensees as they roll out providers.

To additional drive digital inclusion, Danbatta stated the Commission carried out a research to find out areas the place there are entry gaps within the nation. “We recognized 217 *clusters of entry gapsand immediately, we have now ensured extra Nigerians are digitally-included by decreasing the variety of entry gaps to 114 at the moment, whereas extra measures are being taken to additional scale back the entry gaps, thereby deepening digital inclusion.

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Through NCC’s numerous regulatory efforts, Danbatta stated “Nigeria’s telecoms sector had reached an all-time-high, basic internet subscription of 154 million; over 87 million broadband subscriptions, representing 45.93 percent broadband penetration; over 207 million voice subscriptions with teledensity standing at 108.94 percent as at October 2020.”

Meanwhile, Danbatta, as WATRA Chairman, has assured of ongoing plans for the Executive Secretary of WATRA, Aliu Aboki, to go to the 16 member international locations of the Assembly for the needs of interacting and interesting with the member international locations so as to construct a standard entrance to galvanise the event of the telecommunications ecosystem within the West African sub-region.

“So, we hope this level of collaboration at the level of WATRA, will be strengthened, so that together, we can act in a manner that other parts of Africa can be able to copy from us. It is an excellent regulatory model that we are working together and I solicit your support and that of other member countries in making the visit of the 16 member countries by the Executive Secretary a huge success,” he stated.

While expressing the will to reciprocate the go to, the EVC significantly appreciated the Guinea Bissau’s delegation for the go to and expressed the hope that their expectations for the benchmarking programme have been met as they take away some key concepts and combine similar into the regulation of their nation’s communications trade.

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