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NCC: Serving the Unserved

NCC: Serving the Unserved

Through the Universal Service Provision Fund, NCC is making efforts to ensure that telephone services extend to every part of Nigeria The Universal Service Provision Fund, USPF, was established under the Nigeria Commuications Commission, NCC, Act to facilitate the achievement of national policy goals for universal access to information and communication technologies, ICTs, to rural, unserved and underserved areas in Nigeria. The act established the Universal Service Provision Board with the mandate to supervise and


‘Our Interventions Are Critical to the Telecoms Revolution in Nigeria’

Abdullahi Ibrahim Maikano, secretary of Universal Service Province Fund, USPF, an agency established under the NCC Act to drive telecoms services in rural locations across the country, explains how the fund is improving telecoms infrastructure in remote locations in this interview with Anayochukwu Agbo, general editor; and Tony Manuaka, associate editor To what extent are you actualising the mandate of USPF? We have done pretty well. We come up with programmes and projects. We look


NCC: ‘The Revolution Is Real’

Dr Eugene Juwah, executive vice chairman, Nigeria Communications Commission, NCC, discusses the exciting achievements of the commission in the past four years and the potential of the telecoms industry in Nigeria in the following interview with Anayochukwu Agbo, general editor, and Tajudeen Suleiman, senior associate editor What is your assessment of the revolution that has taken place in the Nigerian telecoms sector since 1999? All of us would like to remember where we’re coming from.


‘ Telecoms Has Contributed to 8.5 Per Cent GDP ’

Peter Igoh, chairman, Board of Directors, Nigerian Communications Commission, NCC, discusses the achievements of the commission in the following interview with Anayochukwu Agbo, general editor, and Tony Manuaka, associate editor  As the chairman of NCC, what is your assessment of the telecoms sector since 2001? We have seen a lot of changes in the telecoms industry in Nigeria from 2001 to now. By 2001 we had just about 400,000 telephone lines; and the teledensity then

The Imperative for Broadband

By Omobola Johnson It appears to me that there is not a week that goes by without an event in Nigeria where broadband is not being discussed. All over the world, broadband or more importantly, universal access to broadband, is becoming a significant indicator of development and competiveness amongst nations. Some countries have gone as far as to define access to broadband as (or superfast Internet) as a fundamental human right – as important as access


NCC: The Policy Support

The secret of the success of the telephone revolution in Nigeria is the federal government’s support for the commission and a robust national policy on ICT Eugene Juwah, executive vice chairman of Nigeria Communications Commission, NCC, revealed that the success of the liberalisation of the telecoms sector in Nigeria was due to the total support of the federal government. The Olusegun Obasanjo regime freed the sector from bureaucracy and public service bottlenecks and gave the


The Broadband Big Bang

Having achieved 96 per cent penetration in voice telephony, NCC is now concentrating on the development of broadband that has immense potential for all sectors of the economy and personal life In a valedictory interview with TELL in 2010, Ernest Ndukwe, former executive vice chairman of NCC, after 10 years of pioneering the telecoms revolution in Nigeria, forecasted that the next frontier in the revolution was broadband deployment. “The future of the telecoms industry is


The Making of Africa’s Fastest Growing Telecoms Market

The rising subscriber base of mobile telecommunication operators, Internet penetration and the boom in the sale of ICT products sustain Nigeria’s ranking as one of the fastest growing telecoms markets in the world The ranking of Nigeria as the fastest growing telecommunications market in the world by the International Telecommunications Union, ITU, for five consecutive years did not come as a surprise to many stakeholders in the telecoms industry. This is said to be one


NCC: The Evolution of Change

From 400,000 fixed lines in 2001 to 134 million in 2014, telecoms has become the game changer in Nigeria The telecommunications revolution dates back to 2001 when the first auction for GSM licences was held in Nigeria by the Nigeria Communications Commission, NCC. The commission was set up by Decree 75 of 1992 while the first board of the commission was established in 1993. It lasted only one year before it was dissolved by the


A Regulator Par Excellence

The Nigerian Communications Commission, NCC, has established Nigeria’s telecoms sector as the fastest growing in Africa by playing the role of an efficient regulator The Nigerian Communications Commission, NCC, is the national regulatory authority for the telecommunications industry in Nigeria. It not only has the responsibility to issue licenses to operators, it also ensures a conducive operating environment for operators and consumers. The commission is responsible for creating an enabling environment for competition among operators