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Nigeria Hits 2018 30% Broadband Penetration Target

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Nigeria has achieved its reached a milestone in its quest of hitting the 30 per cent broadband penetration in 2018.

Executive vice chairman of the Nigerian Communications Commission, (NCC), Prof. Umar Danbatta, made this known at a luncheon/interactive session with journalists yesterday in Abuja, saying the broadband penetration in Nigeria currently stands at 30.9 per cent.

Reeling out statistics of other significant achievements in the sector in 2018, the NCC boss said Active Voice Subscriber base has also grown from 165.2 million in October 2018 to 169.1million in November 2018, adding internet subscription grew from 107.5 million in October, 2018 to 108.9 million in November 2018 , while total Active Broadband Subscription on 3G and 4G platforms as at November 2018 is 58,965,478.

“Contributions of Telecommunications and Informations Services to GDP from Q1 – Q3 2018 was N4.7 trillion according to figures released by the National Bureau of Statistics. In the last quarter (Q3, 2018), the amount stood at N1.5 trillion, according to Q3 figures reported by the NBS,” the EVC stated.

Danbatta represented by the NCC’s executive commissioner, Stakeholders Management, Mr Sunday Dare, also said the Telecommunications and Information Services sector has also grown by 14.7 per cent from Q1, 2017 – Q3, 2018.

Speaking earlier in the day at the 86th Edition of Telecom Consumer Parliament (TCP), at the Shehu Masa Yar’Adua Centre, Abuja, Danbatta said about nine persons had been arrested in a sting operation involving security agencies in Lagos for activities bordering on call masking/refilling, while their devices were impounded.

He added that those arrested had been handed over to the police and they would be prosecuted as soon as the police conclude investigation.

The NCC boss said it  was estimated that over $60billion was being lost annually to the problems of call masking at the global level.

He further hinted that the commission has been able to obtain the technology to track down the criminal act.

He noted that the swift steps taken by the NCC to address the problem has precipitated a reduction of about 34 per cent of the menace across the country.

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