NCC takes Nigeria’s $80bn telecom investments to ITU


Minister of Communications, Barrister Abdulraheem Adebayo Shittu, will lead the country’s delegation which will include the chairman of the board of commissioners of NCC, Senator Olabiyi Durojaiye, chief regulator and executive vice chairman (EVC) of NCC, Prof. Umar Garba Danbatta among others to the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) Telecom World 2017.

The yearly global event hosted by the ITU will hold in Busan, South Korea from September 25 – 28, 2017.

Since 2001 when Digital Mobile Licenses (DML), were issued by the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), the country has witnessed multiplier effects in social and economic development.

The Nigerian Communications Commission during the weekend said the nation’s robust telecommunications regulatory environment, guarantee of Returns On Investment (ROI) and investors’ renewed confidence in the fast growing sector will form part of the country’s narrative at the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) Telecom World 2017.

Director, Public Affairs, NCC,Tony Ojobo, said telecoms services are now available to everyone unlike the pre-GSM era when only 500,000 lines were available to a population of nearly 90 million from an investment profile of about $50 million.

“There are over 150 million active subscribers now, Internet connections are over 90 million and teledensity is well over 100 percent, there is over $80 billion invested in the sector so far with over 70 per cent of it as Foreign Direct Investment (FDI).

“The investors have never known a better yesterday, so as Nigeria’s delegation berths in Busan, South Korea, the narrative will be endearing as the country beckons on more investors especially in broadband internet,” he said.

Ojobo added the the ITU Telecom World 2017 is a global platform for major industries, Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs), Countries and Organisations to network and share ideas about new developments and technologies that would lead to better connected societies.

“It is an event for International visibility of innovative Information and Communications Technology (ICT), Products/Services and solutions from around the World.”


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