The Nigerian Communication Commissions (NCC) have exceeded the 30% broadband penetration target set by the Federal Government in 2012 for the period of 2013 – 2018.
The NCC executive vice chairman, Prof. Umar Danbatta stated this on Thursday at a media parley in Abuja.
The broadband penetration rate at present is 30.9%.
The figure had been hovering between 20-21% from 2017-2018. Speaking through the Executive Commissioner Stakeholders management Sunday Dare, the EVC said it has exceeded the target set by National Broadband plan to achieve 30% Broadband from 2013-2018.
The NCC boss also said it had recorded an internet subscriber base of 109 million adding that broadband service subscribers level is currently at 59 million people.
Danbatta assured Nigerians and all operators in the telecom industry that the broadband penetration report would be published on a monthly basis from 2019. He also said all information and progress on mobile, internet and data usage penetration would be sustained to provide the necessary requirements for increased investments and effective regulation of the telecom sector in Nigeria.
The NCC boss also stated that the ICT contributions to GDFP had reached N5 trillion based on the reports from the first three quarters.
According to him, active voice subscriber base grew from 165,239,443 in October 2018 to 169,104,830 in November 2018 adding that Internet Subscription grew from 107,547,723 in October, 2018 to 108,897,679 in November 2018.
Total Active Broadband Subscription on 3G and 4G platforms as at November 2018 is 58,965,478.
He said contributions of telecommunications and information services to GDP from Q1 – Q3 2018 was N4.7 trillion according to figures released by the National Bureau of Statistics.
In the last quarter (Q3, 2018), the amount stood at N1.5 trillion according to Q3 figures reported by the NBS and that telecommunications and information Services Sector grew by 14.7% from Q1, 2017 – Q3, 2018.