NIGERIA RANKS 11TH GLOBALLY IN INTERNET PENETRATION, 7TH IN MOBILE PHONE USAGE – NCC REPORT

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The Nigerian Telecommunications Commission (NCC) has revealed that Nigeria is ranked 11th in terms of global internet penetration, and holds the 7th position in mobile phone usage worldwide. This disclosure was made by Prof. Umar Danbatta, the Executive Vice Chairman of the NCC, during the inauguration of a two-day Emerging Technology Forum for the Telecommunications Industry in Abuja.

Danbatta, speaking through Abraham Oshadami, the head of Spectrum Database Management at NCC, stated that data collected globally by the Network Readiness Index (NRI) team indicated the necessity of global digital transformation to optimize the social and economic impact of the digital era. The NRI evaluated 131 economies based on technology infrastructure, governance, people, and effect.

He emphasized Nigeria’s telecommunications prominence, contributing to 82% of Africa’s telecom subscribers and 29% of the continent’s internet consumption. Danbatta highlighted Nigeria’s impressive 11th position for internet penetration and 7th position for mobile phone usage.

Despite these achievements, Nigeria’s Network Readiness Index ranking for 2022 was 109th out of 131 countries, signaling both a humbling and challenging situation. Danbatta stressed the significance of prioritizing network preparedness as a strategic mission for social and economic development in the country.

He acknowledged that while digital transformation offers opportunities, it could also create inequalities, hindering the younger generation’s participation in the digital economy. He advocated for a reskilling and upskilling initiatives to be accessible and affordable, fostering inclusive and sustainable economies and societies.

Danbatta noted that innovation, strategic investments, and a growth-friendly ecosystem are crucial for navigating the era of transformation. The forum was identified as a platform to explore emerging technologies’ applications and potential solutions to specific concerns; fostering collaboration and insights for future possibilities.

Head of New Media and Information Security at NCC, Dr. Chidi Diugwu, encouraged stakeholders to utilize NRI insights for shaping policies, investments, and collaborations. He highlighted that investing in human capital and fostering innovation would enable Nigeria to harness the potential of emerging technology; bridging the digital divide and ensuring a prosperous digital future.

The Executive Commissioner of Technical Services at NCC, Ubale Maska, emphasized NRI’s role as a measure of Nigeria’s adjustment to global digital transformation. The forum’s objective was to analyze barriers and key drivers of emerging technologies in the Nigerian telecommunications industry, tracking progress and positioning within the global digital landscape.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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