The number of active mobile subscriptions in Nigeria has reached 220,715,961 million as at August 2023.
The Executive Vice-Chairman of Nigerian Communications Commission, NCC, Prof. Umar Danbatta, disclosed this at the 18th Abuja International Trade Fair organised by the Abuja Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ACCI) in Abuja, Nigeria’s capital, tagged “Sustainable Financing and Taxation’’.
Danbatta, represented by the Director, Consumer Affairs Bureau, Umar Alkasim, also revealed that the number of active internet subscribers was 159,034,717 million with broadband penetration at 45.57 per cent as at August, 2023.
He said the competitiveness of Nigerian businesses depend on their ability to leverage on new technologies by acquiring the necessary digital skills to do business on an international scale.
The NCC Boss said the Commission’s regulatory efforts in deepening access to digital services would benefit Nigeria and make it competitive comparable with other economies in the areas of job creation and contribution to Gross Domestic Product (GDP) growth.
“NCC’s regulatory efforts in deepening access to digital services will benefit Nigeria and make it competitive comparable with other economies in the areas of job creation; contribution to Gross Domestic Product (GDP) growth.
“Emergence of new services and industries; workforce transformation, and business innovation.
According to Danbatta “It is in our response to ensuring that Nigeria is competitive in all these areas that the Commission continuously puts a number of regulatory measures in place to ensure seamless access by Nigerians to telecommunications services.
“This is in order to deepen competitiveness of the Nigerian economy by making our businesses and industries digitally compliant.”
To sustain the steady growth of telecoms sector, the EVC said NCC would continue to create a conducive environment.
He said an environment that would stimulate deployment of robust broadband infrastructure to improve the Quality of service (QoS) and Quality of Experience (QoE) for telecom consumers, be it individuals or corporates.
“This is because, as a country, we need robust telecoms infrastructure that will help our industries transit to becoming Information and Communication Technology (ICT)-driven if we hope to be digitally competitive on the global stage,” he said.
The Director, Consumer Affairs Bureau, Umar Alkasim, reiterated NCC’s was commitment to ensure fair competition and a level playing field for all stakeholders in the telecommunication industry.
Alkasim said particularly in safeguarding the interest of consumers from abuse of their rights and privilege, and against unfair practices in the telecom service value chain.
“This commitment is demonstrated by the Commission’s continuous effort to establish seamless programs that would Protect, Inform and Educate (PIE Mandate) telecom consumers through various consumer-centric initiatives,”