Executive Vice Chairman, Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), Prof. Umar Danbatta, has said emerging technologies and advancements in the sector demand that the Commission is prepared to match these developments with appropriate regulations and guidelines.
With the technological advancements anticipated in the coming years, it is expected that there will be a proliferation of devices in the industry. It is, therefore, essential for the Commission to ensure that the right regulatory frameworks can accommodate such eventualities,” he told participants at the five-day public inquiry in Abuja.
He also said Nigeria’s broadband usage has surged, moving up from 40.9 per cent in February to 44.5 per cent last month, a figure considered hopeful for achieving the national broadband target of 70 per cent in 2025.
At the event, which was attended by the Board of Commissioners, led by its Chairman, Prof. Adeolu Akande, the Commission’s CEO said the inquiry, which covered five areas of regulations, are aimed at achieving operational efficiency and operational excellence.
He listed the regulatory instruments under review at the public inquiry to include Type Approval Regulations, Guidelines on Short Code Operation in Nigeria, Guidelines on Technical Specifications for the Deployment of Communications Infrastructure, Guidelines on Advertisements and Promotions and Consumer Code of Practice Regulations.
A statement endorsed by the Director, Public Affairs at the NCC, Reuben Muoka, explained that the focus areas were already articulated in some important documents guiding the operations of the Commission.