ATCON holds reception to honour NCC CEO

The Association of Telecommunications Companies of Nigeria (ATCON) recently held a Special Industry Reception to honour Dr. Aminu Maida, the Executive Vice Chairman and CEO of the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC).

Maida said the sector had done well with its current 14.58 percent contribution but could do better if challenges confronting the industry are addressed.

He said, “I know that there are challenges in the industry. I also want to assure you that we are taking them seriously”.

“Myself and the Minister of Communications, Innovation, and Digital Economy, are working very closely looking at the right policies to ensure sustainability for an industry that has done so well for the country with 14% GDP contribution. We believe we can do 25% and above and work is going on in that regard with the Ministry.”

The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has announced its collaboration with the Ministry of Communications, Innovation, and Digital Economy to establish effective policies aimed at boosting the telecom sector’s contribution to the gross domestic product (GDP) to 25 percent.

Maida stated that the commission, along with its partners, is working to enhance connectivity across the nation. Although there are approximately 200 million connected lines, he noted that more than half of these are still utilizing second-generation cellular networks (2G) in Nigeria.

“There is a lot of work to be done, especially in addressing challenges faced by Mobile Network Operators (MNOs) and Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) for long-term sustainability,” Maida said.

“I think even the president realizes the importance of the digital infrastructure to the future of Nigeria for this great nation.

Addressing the recent appeals from telecom operators for tariff hikes, Maida reassured that the commission is committed to the operators’ best interests. However, Maida emphasized that, as a regulator, the commission must consider both the industry and the consumers. The NCC is striving to achieve a fair balance that benefits everyone.


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