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Broadband penetration hits 43 per cent-Minister

The Nigeria Communication Commission has called on the media to be thorough and seek clarification on controversial issues concerning the Telecom sector before reportage

The Director,Public Affairs of the Commission, Ikechukwu Adinde stated this while presenting certificates to participants at a workshop organised for Information Technology Reporters.

Mr Adinde said the NCC considers the media as its closest partners therefore it will not relent in investing in capacity building for the media.

Over 60 Information Technology Reporters and professionals participated in the workshop which focused on the 5th Generation of Telecommunication network popularly known as 5G.

Meanwhile, the Federal Government says broadband penetration hit over 43 per cent as at the end of October this year.

In a statement by the Technical Adviser to the Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr Isa Ali Ibrahim Pantami, Femi Adeluyi, the Federal Government says the achievement is due to an increase of over 4 million broadband subscriptions between September and October 2020.

The statement also indicates that the increase in the penetration has been as a result of conscientious implementation of the National Digital Economy Polcy, the Nigerian National Broadband Plan (2020-2025), along with the harmonization of Right of Way charges across the States and protection of Critical National Infrastructure across the country.

Broadband spectrum which is the frequency for data and internet access is critical to sustainable economic growth and according to the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) Broadband Series, broadband contributes to economic growth through more efficiency in business processes.

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