The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) says 83.3 million Nigerians are connected to broadband internet as of May 2022
According to the Nigerian Communications Commission, the number of Nigerians connected to high-speed internet or broadband rose to 83.3 million in May 2022. In April, the figure was 81.6 million. The increase to 83.3 million Nigerians in May equates to a 43.67 per cent increase in broadband penetration in Nigeria. In May, the country’s telecom operators added a total of 1.6 million new broadband subscriptions according to data released by the NCC.
Last year, the Nigerian government expressed its willingness to implement 5G technology. On 5G, the Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr Issa Ali Ibrahim Bantam, spoke about the position of the Federal Government to implement it as soon as possible. Our state of readiness is very high. There is an auction commission for 5G with an implementation plan ready. As you know, without a plan you cannot have a successful deployment”, said Professor Omar Garba Dhanpatta, stressing that the NCC as a body is always in sync with the plans and decisions of the government. The results we are seeing in terms of broadband expansion show that the country’s efforts to implement the national plan for broadband Broadband (PNB 2020-2025) are progressing and the country is making steady progress towards implementing 5G technology. The government’s goal is to reach the broadband penetration target of at least 70% by 2025.
This expansion is driven by the expansion of 4G services across the country by carriers. By the time 5G is deployed, the number of people connected to broadband is expected to increase.
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Broadband expansion and penetration are important for a country like Nigeria because they will help increase the country’s GDP by at least 4.6%, according to a World Bank report. Moreover, there is a belief that increasing broadband access can help address social and economic challenges, improve digital literacy and education level, etc.
Although gains were recorded in May, government policies on SIM purchase and activation could be a setback as subscriptions continue to fall due to these policies.
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