Nigeria’s Mobile Network Operators increased about 1.89 million new dynamic Internet clients to achieve 109 million in November, the Nigerian Communications Commission has said.
The Executive Vice Chairman, NCC, Prof Umar Danbatta, while tending to columnists at an industry discussion in Lagos on Friday, said this spoke to a 1.8 percent development from 107,106,975 Internet clients recorded in October. Danbatta, who was spoken to by the Deputy Director and Head, Special Intervention Project, NCC, Henry Nkemadu, additionally said the quantity of dynamic versatile supporter line associations in the nation rose to 169 million in November from 165,239,443 the business recorded in October. He said the development in supporters meant that the expanding interest for solid network to drive financial exercises.
“As the economy of Nigeria continues to look up and with pressures from global financial markets, and its position as a major commercial centre in the West African Region, the demand for reliable and modern telecommunications infrastructure is enormous. Telecommunications acts as an enabler to drive socio-economic growth, developments and modernisation across all sectors of the economy,” the EVC said.
He described HAPS as a viable cost-effective way to extend broadband network coverage by leveraging unmanned solar planes flying at high altitude and covering large areas.
The NCC boss said, “Current efforts at infrastructure build-out may be improving the services of those already served but not reaching those who are still unserved or underserved. This is due to difficult terrain which makes it technically challenging and economically unfeasible to deploy the terrestrial infrastructure necessary to deploy 5G, such as fibre and microwave backhaul technologies in suburban, rural and hard to reach areas. “HAPS can be used to complement the ongoing rollout of fibre optic infrastructure to bridge the current connectivity gap and supplement broadband in underserved areas. HAPS can help support broadband availability and in turn, boost the country’s economy by ensuring increased connectivity across all business sectors.”
He called on the states to prioritise the impact of telecoms infrastructure on the development of the communities and the country rather than instant revenue from taxes and levies.