The Executive Vice Chairman of the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), Prof. Umar Danbatta, who confirmed the data, said in Abuja that the Federal Government’s National Broadband Plan 2013-2018 had set a target of 30 percent penetration to be achieved by end of 2018.
Danbatta, who represented by Mr. Sunday Dare, NCC Executive Commissioner Stakeholder Management, said that the commission had exceeded the target it set for itself with over 9 percent.
“At NCC, we knew we have to meet the broadband implementation plan to get to 30 percent at the end of 2018 due to the work done, we now stand at 30.9 percent equivalent of 31 percent.
“NCC had issued license to seven infrastructure companies to deploy the needed infrastructure to facilitate the required penetration in the 774 Local Government Areas (LGAs) in Nigeria.
“This will enable penetration reach the served and underserved areas in the country.
“Active Voice Subscriber base grew from 165,239,443 in October 2018 to 169,104,830 in November 2018,” local media reports quoted Danbatta as saying.
According to him, total active broadband subscription on 3G and 4G platforms as at November 2018 was 58,965,478.
He said all information and progress on mobile, internet and data usage penetration would be sustained to provide the necessary requirements for increased investments and effective regulation of the telecom sector in Nigeria.
The contributions of Telecommunications and Information Services to Gross Domestic Products (GDP) stood at N4.7 trillion, according to the reports released by National Bureau of Statistics for the first and third quarters of the year.
On research grants to universities, Danbatta said N50 million had been given to some universities for research that would improve ICT and beneficial to the NCC in the near future.
He disclosed that the NCC had set up a committee to come up with another strategy plan after the successful implementation of the 2015-2018 plans.