Latest report indicates that Nigeria’s broadband penetration slowed by 0.058% as at December 2020, TechEconomy.ng can authoritatively report.
However, the country’s Year-on-Year (YoY) broadband penetration between December 2019 (30.80%) and December 2020 (45.02%)stands at 7.22%.
These are contained reported in series of industry statistics released by the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) and updated on February 02, 2021.
By implication, Nigeria’s record internet penetration was in October 2020 when it peaked at 45.93%.
TechEconomy.ng had reported that the country’s broadband access-gap clusters have also reduced.
NCC reported a decline from 207 to 114 cities representing about 55.7 per cent.
The Executive Vice Chairman of the Nigerian Communications Commission, Prof. Umar Danbatta, said this was achieved through the efforts of the Universal Service Provision Fund (USPF).
Hitherto, some 38 million Nigerians were affected by access gap clusters.
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% of median income or 1% 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.