5G Subscriptions Hits 500,000 - NCC

By Clement Alphonsus

The Executive Chairman, Nigerian Communications Commission, Prof. Umar Danbatta, disclosed that Nigeria’s Fifth Generation network subscription has hit half a million.

According to a statement, while speaking in Kano, he noted that the telecoms industry recorded remarkable milestones since 2015.

In July, Danbatta disclosed that 5G subscriptions had grown to over 60,000 subscriptions in the country. He said the country was aiming to achieve 50 per cent broadband penetration by the end of 2023, and 70 per cent broadband penetration by the end of 2025.

He said, “Also, from 8 per cent contribution to the Gross Domestic Product in 2015, telecommunications sector now contributes 16 per cent quarterly to the Nigerian economy as of the second quarter of 2023.

"Besides, following the authorisation of more telecommunications companies to operate in the Nigeria’s telecoms sector, the investments profile has increased tremendously from $38bn in 2015 to $75bn currently and this keeps growing daily. From the sales of 5G C-Band Spectrum, the NCC has generated over $847.8m for the Federal Government.”

The Minister of Communications, Innovation, and Digital Economy, Bosun Tijani, earlier explained that Nigeria was seeking partnerships to boost telecommunication connectivity in unserved and underserved communities.

The minister noted that connectivity was a catalyst for progress, and the country needed partnerships to close its digital divide.