A new network report from NCC has shown that over the past few years there have been tremedous increase in 3G and 4G infrastructure in the country. The statistics from the commission is quite impressive and it shows the direction of network technology and stability in the country.

Lets get to see the summary of the network report by commission.

If you live in Nigeria, been to Nigeria and/or know a Nigerian you’ll know that these people love network. In fact, a Nigerian can relocate to another region with good network connectivity.

But, it seems the internet service providers in the country are working tirelesly to bring in more quality network for the masses.

According to the new NCC network Report, 3G and 4G base transceiver stations (BTS) deployment in Nigeria has increased from some 30,000 to 53,460 (about 56% increase). While Fibre Optic Transmission cables expanded from 47,000km to 54,725km (about 86% expansion) in the last five years (2016-2021), resulting in improved broadband/telecoms service delivery to Nigerians.

The above were parts of industry growth data reeled out by the Executive Vice Chairman of Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), Prof. Umar Danbatta at a briefing for the new Permanent Secretary of the Federal Ministry of Communications and Digital Economy, Engr. Festus Yusuf Daudu, on the functions and regulatory activities of the Commission in Abuja on Tuesday.

NCC also expects the numbers to go up higher as more subscribers and internet users are joining the network. From the report, licensed Infrastructure Companies (InfraCos) are also expected to add 38,296km to optic fibre cables when they commence fully operations.

There are about 208 million active telephony subscribers with teledensity standing at 108.92 per cent and active Internet subscriptions at 154.9 million and a broadband penetration of 45.07 per cent (NCC data as at November 2020).

With this increase come the issue of security. Hence NCC has made available 622 Toll Free Line for lodging and resolving consumer complaints, the provision of the 112 Emergency number and activation of 19 Emergency Communications Centre (ECCs).

If you don’t want to be disturbed by text messages you didn’t subscribe for then you can also activate DND (do not disturb) in your mobile line.

MTN has been doing its share of increasing 4G across the country. They are currently rolling our 4G network availability to more states, towns and villages in various parts of the country.

What can we expect in the future? Well, with more 5G devices coming to Nigeria, we can expect NCC to give an update on its regulations soon. As teleocm companies in Nigeria expand their 3G and 4G reach, they no doubt are getting ready for 5G network once approved by the commission.

So, the summary of the NCC network report is; One, more stable 3G and 4G network for everyone in Nigeria. Two, increase in subscribers and SIM owners. Three, more regulations will be rolled out to protect Nigerians.


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