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NCC chief advocates ‘modern thinking’ in telecoms policy

NCC chief advocates ‘modern thinking’ in telecoms policy

Professor Umar Garba Danbatta, Executive Vice-Chairman of Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) says telecoms sector policy makers should wear a new thinking cap.

The Nigerian telecoms regulatory chief believes that if new ideas are introduced, handlers of telecoms policies would move the telecoms sector forward.

According to Danbatta who unveiled a strategic plan he tagged 8-Point Agenda when he assumed office two years ago, the initiative has so far made a remarkable impact on the growth of telecoms sector in Nigeria.

While speaking in one of the sessions at the 2018 World Mobile Congress in Barcelona, Spain, Danbatta told attendees at the telecoms gathering that, “In Nigeria, we are trying to digitally transform and the process is on-going. Hence we’ve been paying attention to five interdependent elements of the digital transformation processes: enabling policies and institutions, human capital, applied ICT industry, communications infrastructure, ICT applications and institutional change.”

According to him, “we also decided to look at how we can improve quality of service consistent with key performances indicators that characterise the quality of service. The information we are getting from the consumers as well as what we source from network operators is that Quality of Service has improved.”

He pointed out that he observed when he took over at NCC that broadband penetration in the country merely stood at about 8 per cent, but the good news is that it has now been confirmed by the ITU-UNESCO Broadband Commission for Sustainable Development, as having reached 22 per cent.

The Nigerian telecoms regulatory chief urged global policymakers in the telecoms industry to have a renewed thinking towards the development of policy frameworks that also promote innovation and investment in the sectors.

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