By Emmanuel Elebeke
ABUJA—The Executive Vice Chairman of the Nigerian Communications Commission, NCC, Prof. Umar Danbatta says Nigeria runs the risk of losing the benefits of emerging technologies unless private sector partner with telecommunication operators in bridging data divide.
Prof. Danbatta stated this during his presentation on the topic: Leveraging on ICT for Sustainable Economic Development, on a side line of the 16th Meeting of the Joint Planning Board and National Council on Development Planning, NCDP, in Minna.
He said the total of 37,104 km of fiber network deployment currently is a far cry from national infrastructure needed to bridge data divide in the country.
He explained that the current 21 percent broadband penetration and 90 million teledensity in the country is unacceptable to the Commission as it is working hard to meet the 30 percent broadband penetration target in 2018.
He said: ‘‘Even with success recorded in voice, if it is not replicated in data, we cannot claim to be successful. We have 10 terabytes of fibre ready to be deployed but we cannot deploy this capacity due to the existing infrastructure.
‘‘That is why the Commission is working hard to avoid a repeat of negative effects of data divide in other countries.’’