New numbering plan will connect over 500m Nigerians by 2050 – Danbatta


Mathew Ibiyemi

Professor Umar Danbatta, executive vice chairman, EVC, Nigerian Communications Commission, NCC has said that the development of the new National Numbering Plan, NP will help to provide numbers that will satisfy the needs of the projected 500 million Nigerians to be connected and about 1 billion globally-interconnected machines and devices by 2050.

He disclosed this at the 2019 Information Communication Technology and Telecommunication (ICTEL) Exhibition organised by the Lagos Chamber of Commerce and Industry (LCCI) which had “Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) – The Nigerian Story” as its theme.

Danbatta announced plans of the NCC to review the process of existing Numbering Plan (NP) in the telecoms sector.

He said “based on recent developments in the global telecommunications industry, such as man-to-machine (M2M) communications, Internet of Things (loT), Over the Top (OTT) and others, and other services made possible by fourth-generation, the futuristic 5G/6G technologies, the NCC has considered it important for the numbering plan in the country to be reviewed”

This is coming a week after the NCC’s Director of Policy Competition and Economic Analysis who represented Danbatta at the Telecom Executives and Regulator Forum (TERF) organised by the Association of Telecoms Companies of Nigeria (ATCON) in Lagos, reflected on the evolution of Over-the-Top (OTT) technologies which are increasingly supporting future service models that are rapidly expanding across multiple communications and digital services domains.

Danbatta also pointed out the key role NNP will play in the telecom services sector, adding that the new NNP will promote a futuristic and adaptable means to address the numbering needs of the country taking into account the country’s growing population.

He said: “The Commission is upgrading, expanding and re-designing the numbering system in order to ensure the country derives the maximum benefit from its scarce resource.

“It feels good to state that our Nigerian story in the 4IR is an exciting one but more needs to be done in order for us to properly harness all these new technologies to the advantage of our country.

“All we need at this stage as a nation, is to join hands together to support the building of more robust telecom infrastructure that will further help to deepen the nation’s broadband penetration beyond its current figure of 33 per cent towards supporting the explosion of digital activities to be witnessed as we immerse ourselves into the realities of the 4IR.”


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