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4G coverage is low in Nigeria- NCC

The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) says the coverage of Fourth Generation (4G) technology in the country is still low.

The Executive Vice Chairman, NCC, Prof. Umar Danbatta, made this known in Lagos during the 2018 4th Quarter Forum of the Nigeria Information Technology Reporters’ Association (NITRA) with the theme “Achieving Last-Mile Connectivity Through Affordable Broadband’’.

Professor Danbatta who was represented by the Deputy Director/Head, Special Intervention Projects, NCC, Dr Henry Nkemadu, said that there had been a tremendous growth and increasing ubiquity of the mobile networks in Nigeria.

Professor Danbatta , however, said that there was still a proportion of the population that were under-served or unserved with universal access to mobile and the internet.

He explained that the most pervasive networks are on 2G coverage and reaches about 90 per cent of the population, while the 3G or 4G coverage is still low and a section with little or no coverage.

Professor Danbatta pointed out that the telecommunications regulatory body had facilitated universal access to Information and Communication Technology (ICT) services by providing enabling regulatory interventions to stimulate competition among the industry players.

According to him, there is an appreciable number of submarine cables landing in Nigeria, delivering a capacity of about 9 Terabits capacity to the country.

The NCC boss said the commission has been making efforts to enable the companies extend their massive capacity inland through various regulatory instruments and interventions to drive down costs and for security reasons.

He stated in the meantime, many of the Mobile Network Operators (MNOs) have islands of cables interconnected in areas of high traffic like Lagos, with multiple fibre cable coverage, leaving other regions with lack of coverage and the poor network planning contributed to poor last mile connectivity in Nigeria.

Professor Danbatta said that the core of robust and reliable telecommunications service was broadband infrastructure, which would provide the needed impetus to achieve last mile connectivity.

Chioma Ezike

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