Wealth creation: NCC lists opportunities for 40m entrepreneurs

Wealth creation: NCC lists opportunities for 40m entrepreneurs

The Nigerian Communications Commission, NCC has tasked telecom service providers in the nation to spread their reach towards wealth creation for 40 million entrepreneurs who currently do not have access to telecom service. Its Executive Vice Chairman, Prof. Umar Garba Dambatta, stressed the need for a shift in paradigm in the communication sector towards finding

The Nigerian Communications Commission, NCC has tasked telecom service providers in the nation to spread their reach towards wealth creation for 40 million entrepreneurs who currently do not have access to telecom service.

Its Executive Vice Chairman, Prof. Umar Garba Dambatta, stressed the need for a shift in paradigm in the communication sector towards finding solution to the challenges in the industry as globalisation has taken over.

Dambatta spoke at Emerging Technologies Consultative and ICT Innovation Forum for Northwest on Wednesday in Kano State.

He however blamed 40 million deficit on the refusal of telcom  to spread their services into the rural areas.

PROF. UMAR DANBATTA, EXECUTIVE VICE CHAIRMAN, NCC

According to him, NCC is driving the local content, using the information communication technology (ICT)  eco system with the resources available such as infrastructure, technology facilities, human intelligence to improve the economy, adding that, ‘if those infrastructures are available, they can now be used to drive wealth for the 40 million Nigerians who are not benefitting from such services.

“We are addressing this deficit in two ways. One is to address the infrastructural deficit in the long term”, he said.

“In the short term, we need to deploy more and base transiver stations. At the main time, the base transiver stations are stations are about 58, 000; and that is not enough for a population of about 190 million.

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“At an average of 10 base transiver stations per year, it going to take this Country 20 years to bridge the gaps and bring telecoms services to people living in the rural areas.

“People living in the rural areas don’t have the patience to wait for 20 years. So, we are looking at rural technology solutions that can bridge the gap in two years. This is ongoing”.

The Nigerian telecom industry revolutionized the technology space about decades ago.

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