Spectrum auction will democratise high-speed mobile internet ― Danbatta

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by Jacob Solomon Nov 27, 2022 News
Spectrum auction will democratise high-speed mobile internet ― Danbatta

The Nigerian Communications Commission said that the process to auction two more lots in the 3.5 GHz spectrum for Fifth Generation (5G) is part of efforts that will further democratise access to high-speed mobile broadband for all Nigerian.

While speaking at the 10th Annual Brands and Marketing Conference of the Brand Journalists Association of Nigeria (BJAN) in Lagos, Professor Umar Danbatta, the Executive Vice Chairman/ Chief Executive Officer (EVC/CEO) of the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), said that the commission was

The EVC noted that the ongoing process, for which arrangements are in top gear, followed the successful auctioning of two bands of the 3.5 GHz spectrum.

Danbatta said that the Commission is currently reviewing the licences and frameworks for fixed broadband to update them in line with current challenges and make them more effective.

In pursuit of its mandate, the Commission has been relentless in creating a conducive atmosphere for the roll out of new technologies, and the government has taken a firm position that the country must leverage digital technologies to grow the economy.

He said that the development of policies such as the National Digital Economy Policy and Strategy (NDEPS) 2020-2030 and the Nigerian National Broadband Plan ( ) 2020-2025 are being implemented.

According to Danbatta, Nigerian entertainers have used technology to become global brands because of the telecommunications infrastructure.

Heavy leverage on digital platforms has made the Nigerian entertainment industry go global. The movie industry in Nigeria is called the Nollywood. In comparison to Hollywood, more movies are produced by the Nigerian film industry each year.

Nigerian music stars are in demand around the world because of their popularity. The EVC stated that many of the global superstars emerging from Nigeria launched into stardom by using mobile content platforms to grow their brands and large following online.

Danbatta stated that "digital platforms are fostering different types of systemic change, creating new brands, the erosion of some brands, whilst at the same time increasing the value of other brands" As technology continues to evolve, the innovation-transformation-disruption cycle will get worse.

The EVC assured the audience that the NCC will continue to aggressively drive the roll out and seamless operation of infrastructure to drive new digital technologies for the benefit of all sectors of our economy. Our hope is that Nigerian brands will leverage on robust infrastructure to grow their value and ensure that our country derives maximum benefit from unfolding digital transformation efforts.

There is more information from the Nigerian Tribune.

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