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37,000 4G-enabled base stations not enough to achieve pervasive broadband – Danbatta

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It will be difficult for Nigeria to have pervasive broadband with only 37,000 4G-enabled Base Transceiver Stations (Base Stations – BTS) of the total 50,000 BTS currently in the country, says the Executive Vice Chairman of the Nigerian Communications Commission, NCC, Professor Umar Danbatta.

Danbatta stated this during a recent interactive session with the media, stressing that the country needs more next-generation technologies as “we work through addressing infrastructure deficit occasioned by the spike in data usage in the country.”

Danbatta pointed out that the licensing of six Infrastructure Companies (InfraCos) to deploy fibre infrastructure across the six-geo political zones will also help to galvanise increased connectivity.

“This will also bring about a reduction in cost of data from N1000, per gigabyte of data to around N390 with broadband penetration target of 70 per cent to cover 90 per cent of the population within the next five years as contained in the new Nigerian National Broadband Plan (2020-2025),” the EVC said.

In this regard, the EVC said the 5G trial conducted by the NCC in 2019 and its eventual safe deployment in the country will increase data speed and boost efficiency in service experience for the consumers.

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