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NCC redefines telecommunications landscape

Nineteen Emergency Communication Centers have been activated across the country.

Executive Vice Chairman (NCC), Professor Garba Danbatta made this known in Abuja while giving a score card of the commission.

According to him, these centres which were also provisioned with National Emergency No 112 had helped to enhance security management in the country.

The EVC noted that the 112 National Emergency No. also played a major role during the COVID-19 period as 1209 Nigerians used the toll-free line between March and June this year.

While calling Nigerians to take good advantage of the toll free line, Professor Danbatta Submitted that the commission would ensure that more emergency Communication Centers were activated in the country.

Each of the 774 LG to have Broadband point of access

To deepen broadband penetration in the country, each of the 774 local governments areas will have point of access.

This initiative will be achieved through counterpart funding agreement with six infrastructure companies.

The EVC Professor Danbatta said the commission is working with Nigeria Industrial Policy and Competitiveness Advisory Council under the supervision of the Vice President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo towards improving broadband penetration.

He noted with delight that the growth in the telecommunication sector contributed 14.2 per cent to GDP by the second quarter of this year.

362 billion naira remitted to the coffer of the Federal Government

The Commission says till date it has remitted 362 billion Naira to the coffer of the Federal Government since 2015

The money was generated from spectrum fee and operating surplus.

The EVC Professor Garba Danbata stated that the commission’s adoptions of initiatives such as spectrum trading, infrastructure sharing and the use of satellite and wireless infrastructure had helped positioned the country for continuous socio Economic development.

Professor Danbatta pointed out that NCC was committed to improving the quality of communication service by putting more measures in place to address both technical and non-technical issues.

Deployment of 5G Technology in Nigeria

Deployment of 5G technology in Nigeria will comply with all safety rules in the interest of the citizens

The Executive Vice Chairman, Nigerian Communications Commission, Professor Garba Danbatta state this while answering questions noted that the Commission trials of 5G technology in six locations in the country was a manifestation of its sense of responsibility to consumers

Professor Danbatta highlighted that the Federal Government would make its position known on the reports of the trials at the appropriate time as the exercise was conducted with due diligence and with critical stakeholders especially the security agencies

He gave assurance that the commission would not shy away from its responsibility to protect Nigerians from any effects of any technological innovation coming into the country.

Timothy Bamidele

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