According to the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), there were around 222,571 million active mobile subscribers in the nation as of December 2022, with a Teledensity of 116.60%.

Additionally, there are already more than 154.8 million Internet users, and as of December 2022, broadband penetration was 47.36 percent.

In an announcement made on NCC Special Day at the 44th Kaduna International Trade Fair, which is yearly held by the Kaduna Chamber of Commerce, Industry, Mines and Industry, Executive Vice Chairman/CEO of the NCC, Prof. Umar Garba Danbatta (KADCCIMA).

Prof. Danbatta, who was represented by Mr. Banji Ojo, Head of Consumer Protection and Advocacy at the NCC, noted that the NCC has remained a strategic partner of KADCCIMA over the years as the Commission uses the trade fair platform to engage telecoms consumers and business owners who are based in the North and have been relying on digital platforms for carrying out their daily personal and official activities in a more effective and efficient way.

“The Commission recognises the fact that telecommunications sector has been a strategic driver of the digital economy agenda of the Federal Government, as it continues to provide the needed digital stamina to support the economy, especially the activities of the SMEs across in Nigeria and beyond,” he said.

According to him, “Information Communications Technology (ICT) is not only one of the fastest growing industries – directly creating millions of jobs – but it is also an important enabler of innovation and development, as it provides the backbone infrastructure for transnational business.” 

“Hence, in line with the Digital Literacy and Skills Pillar of the National Digital Economy Policy and Strategy (NDEPS) 2020-2030, for a Digital Nigeria, the Commission embarked on digital literacy training for entrepreneurs across the six geopolitical zones of the country. The aim was to equip small-scale business owners with the requisite skills and to generate ideas for development of product and service that can be exported.”  

“NCC’s regulatory efforts in deepening access to digital services will benefit Nigeria and make it competitive comparable with other economies in the areas of job creation; contribution to Gross Domestic Product (GDP) growth; emergence of new services and industries; workforce transformation; and business innovation.”

“It is in our response to ensuring that Nigeria is competitive in all these areas that Commission continuously puts a number of regulatory measures in place to ensure seamless access by Nigerians to telecommunications services in order to deepen competitiveness of the Nigerian economy by making our SMEs digitally compliant.” 

“As of December 2022, there were around 222,571 million active mobile subscribers in Nigeria, with a teledensity of 116.60 percent. Additionally, there are already more than 154.8 million Internet users, and as of December 2022, broadband penetration was 47.36 percent. The ability of Nigeria’s SMEs, for example, to use new technology and develop the requisite digital skills to conduct business internationally is crucial in this new context.

“The consistent expansion of the telecoms industry over the years, together with its all-encompassing favorable effects on all other economic sectors in terms of enhanced process automation and digital transformation in service delivery, has been extraordinary. But without you, this would not have been possible. 

“To maintain this, the NCC continues to foster an environment that encourages the deployment of strong telecoms/broadband infrastructure for enhancing the quality of service (QoS) and quality of experience (QoE) for telecoms users, whether they are individuals or corporates. This is due to the fact that, as a nation, we require a strong telecoms infrastructure to assist our SMEs in making the transition to being information and communication technology (ICT)-driven if we wish to be digitally competitive on the international stage, the official said.