Telecoms Sector: NCC Unveils Strategic Vision Plans for Accelerated Growth in Nigeria

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Prof. Umaru Garba Danatta, the Executive Vice Chairman/CEO of the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), delivered at media parley, a presentation titled “NCC’s Strategic Vision Plans (SVPs): An Impetus for Nigeria’s Telecoms Sector’s Accelerated Growth” on July 5th, 2023, at The Colossus Hotel in Ikeja, Lagos. The presentation was aimed at media chief executives, editors-in-chief, and editors, acknowledging their strategic partnership with the Commission.

 

During the presentation, EVC discussed the situation analysis as of 2015, highlighting the Federal Government’s emphasis on broadband as a catalyst for sustainable development. The Nigerian National Broadband Plan (NNBP) for 2013-2018 was introduced, with the goal of increasing broadband penetration from 6% to 30% within that timeframe. NCC was tasked with spearheading this national target.

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He continues, to strategically coordinate and align resources for achieving the Commission’s mandate and fostering a knowledge-based economy, a Strategic Vision Plan (SVP) for 2015-2020 was developed. This plan, based on an 8-point agenda, utilized various policy documents, including the NNBP (2013-2018), NCC’s Strategic Management Plan (SMP) for 2014-2018, and ITU’s Strategic Framework (2013-2018). The presentation showcased the scorecards and performance results of each agenda item under SVP I, highlighting the achievement of surpassing the 30% broadband penetration milestone by reaching 31.48% by December 2018.

In September 2021, Danbatta noted that a new Strategic Vision Implementation Plan (SVP 2) for 2021-2025, known as “The 5-Point Agenda,” was unveiled. This plan considered various factors and policy statements. According to him,the presentation outlined the five pillars of SVP 2, including organizational renewal, auction/launch of 5G services, regulatory framework development, increased telecom contribution to GDP, and alignment with the National Digital Economy Policy & Strategy (NDEPS) 2020-2030. Several initiatives and accomplishments were discussed within each pillar, such as licensing mobile virtual network operators (MVNOs), improving internal policies and standard operating procedures, leadership roles at international telecoms bodies, staff up-skilling and digital skill development, and more, he added.

“The presentation also covered other significant achievements and initiatives, including the implementation of the Nigerian National Broadband Plan 2020-2025 with the aim of achieving 70% broadband penetration by the end of 2025. It highlighted the licensing of Elon Musk’s Starlink for wider service coverage, the provision of wireless cloud infrastructure in tertiary institutions, the licensing of 3.5Ghz spectrum to operators for 5G deployment, the construction/activation of emergency communications centers, expansion of Internet Exchange Point of Nigeria (IXPN) routes, boosting offshore broadband capacity, promoting fair competition and inclusive growth, improving quality of service, and facilitating strategic collaborations and partnerships.

 

“The presentation concluded by acknowledging the challenges faced by the industry, such as quality of service, multiple taxation and regulations, and the need for collaboration with various organizations to address these challenges. Industry statistics were provided, including active voice subscriptions, teledensity, active internet subscriptions, broadband penetration, broadband subscriptions, and telecom GDP contribution.

Overall, the presentation emphasized NCC’s efforts and achievements in driving the growth and development of Nigeria’s telecoms sector, while acknowledging the importance of collaboration with the media and other stakeholders in realizing the Commission’s strategic vision, he added.


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