The Nigerian Telecommunications Commission has revealed that Nigeria was 11th on the Internet Penetration ratings and among the top seven in mobile phone usage globally.
This information was shared by the Executive Vice Chairman, NCC, Prof Umar Danbatta at the emerging technology forum for the telecommunications industry held in Abuja on Thursday.
According to Danbatta, the Network Readiness Index (NRI) data shows that digital transformation is a global need in order to maximize the economic and social benefits of the digital age.
In his words, though spoken through the Head of Spectrum Database Management, NCC, Abraham Oshadami, the NIR assessed the performance of 131 economies in four categories which includes: technology (infrastructure), governance, people and impact.
According to him,“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.” He also emphasized the need for the representatives of social and economic development to prioritize network readiness, not only as a strategic imperative, but also as a mission.
Danbatta encouraged stakeholders to use this opportunity to explore emerging technologies, envision their potential applications and identify how they can be harnessed to address specific challenges.