Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has described the growth of the internet as enormous with the number of users reaching 103 million in May.
Prof. Umar Danbatta, the Executive Vice Chairman, Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), who was represented by Mr Haru Alhassan, the Director, New Media and Information Security of NCC, said this in Abuja at the Nigeria Internet Governance Forum (NIGF) 2018.
The forum’s theme is: “Internet: An Enabler for Good Governance’’.
He said that this was an impressive growth from 28 million internet users recorded in 2012.
“This evolution shows the importance of harnessing the benefit of internet for good governance.
“This figure of the internet subscribers’ data highlights the importance and the value of internet,’’ he said
Danbatta said that the commission would also license three additional Infrastructure Company (INFRACOs), bringing the number to seven to boost broadband penetration in the country.
He said the three INFRACOs were awaiting approval as the commission had earlier licensed two infrastructure companies earlier in the year to lay the foundation for internet penetration and increased broadband services.
The two INFRACOs are Zinox Technology Ltd. for Southeast and Brinks Integrated Solutions Ltd. for Northeast.
“The licenses are based on NCC open licensed model which is in line with the National Broadband plan 2013 to 2018,’’ he said. (NAN)