NCC commends Nigeria’s position in global internet penetration ranking

By Felicia Nwosu

The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has commended Nigeria’s effort for occupying the 11th position in the global ranking in Internet penetration, and seventh position in mobile phone usage worldwide. This was disclosed by Prof Umar Danbatta, the Executive Vice Chairman of the NCC. He said this categorization was according to worldwide data gathered by the NRI team.

Speaking during the two-day telecommunication forum which revolved around emerging technology in Abuja, Prof Danbatta, represented by the Head, Spectrum Database Management, NCC, Abraham Oshadami, stated that the worldwide data gathered by the NRI team has revealed the importance for the urgent need for digitization across the globe as a tool to optimise the social and economic effects of the digital era.

The EVC noted that the rating came after NRI has examined the performance of 131 economies across four categories: technology (infrastructure), governance, people, and effect.

“Nigeria is a telecommunications powerhouse, accounting for 82 per cent of the continent’s telecom subscribers and 29 per cent of the continent’s internet consumption. Our country ranks eleventh in the world for Internet penetration and seventh in mobile phone usage. The NRI team’s global data shows that digital transformation is a global imperative for maximising the social and economic effects of the digital era. Despite these remarkable metrics, our   Network Readiness Index (NRI) ranking for 2022 of 109th out of 131 countries is both humbling and challenging,” he said.

The NCC boss said as representatives of social and economic development in the country, prioritising network preparedness is not only a strategic need but also a mission.

“It can create new inequalities, which can hinder the ability of younger generations to engage in the digital economy, but it also remains a powerful way to do more with less at all levels of income. Formal education is evolving, and metrics are important to support informed policy making.”


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