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NCC: broadband penetration hits 42.02% in July; subscriptions now 80.2million

Sector contributes 14.30 per cent to GDP in Q2 2020.

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Latest statistics released by the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) indicates that the country’s broadband penetration reached 42.02 per cent as at June 2020, TechEconomy.ng can authoritatively report.

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EVC of NCC, Prof. Umar Danbatta

By implication, Nigeria broadband penetration has so far grown by 4.22 per cent in year 2020.

TechEconomy.ng had reported that the country’s broadband access-gap clusters have reduced too.

Prior to 2015, 217 access gap clusters were identified in the country affecting 40 million Nigerians without access to telecoms services.

“But today, we have reduced the access gap clusters to 114 with 15 million of the 40 million digitally excluded Nigerians now having access to telecoms services. We are committed to addressing the remaining access gap clusters, which are areas outside the frontier of economic viability to ensure the remaining 25 million Nigerians have access,” said the Executive Vice Chairman of the Nigerian Communications Commission, Prof. Umar Danbatta.

Danbatta said this was achieved through the efforts of the Universal Service Provision Fund (USPF).

Similarly, the Nigeria’s focus is now how to expand the fourth generation technology (4G) infrastructure deployment.

The new National Broadband 2020-2025 Committee’s report which was submitted on Tuesday, February 18, 2020, contains plan to “deliver data download speeds across Nigeria, a minimum of 25Mbps in urban areas, and 10Mbps in rural areas, with effective coverage available to at least 90% of the population by 2025 at a price not more than N390 per 1GB of data (2 per cent of median income or 1 per cent of minimum wage)”.

The NBP addresses 3 of the 8 priorities that the Federal Government assigned to the Federal Ministry of Communications and Digital Economy, and the parastatals under its purview, for implementation.

These priorities are the implementation of broadband connectivity and execution of a plan to deploy 4G across the country, as well as the development and implementation of a digital economy policy and strategy, TechEconomy.ng can report.

Similarly, the broadband subscription reached 80,215,614 as against 78,784,226 recorded the previous month.

This implies that the country’s broadband subscription has increased by 8,061,790 this year.

Sector contributes 14.30 per cent to GDP in Q2 2020.

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Nigerian Communications Commission headquarters, Abuja

Nigeria’s telecommunications and information service sector has shown resilience despite the covid-19 pandemic as report available to TechEconomy.ng shows the contribution to the gross domestic product (GDP) of the country surpassed two trillion naira in the second quarter of year 2020.

The telecoms’ contribution represents about 14.30 per cent of the total ICT’s contribution in the quarter, which the National Bureau of Statistics (NBC) recorded at 17.83 per cent.

The telecoms sector has continued on the impressive records despite Nigeria’s GDP decreasing by –6.10 per cent (year-on-year) in real terms in the second quarter of 2020, largely attributable to significantly lower levels of both domestic and international economic activity during the quarter and obviously caused by the novel coronavirus pandemic.

This, according to figures released by National Bureau of Statistics (NBS), indicates an increase of 31.43 per cent, a report by the Guardian confirms.

Checks showed that, in 2015, telecoms’ contribution to GDP stood at eight per cent and has grown significantly quarter-on-quarter and year-on-year to reach the current milestone of 14.30 per cent.