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The Executive Vice Chairman of the Nigerian Communications Commission, NCC, Prof. Umar Garba Danbatta, on Friday explained that Nigeria will witness a significant improvement in the telecom industry in the next five years.

Danbatta, while interacting with media chiefs and editors in Abuja, said there shall be massive deployment of 4G network across the country, broadband penetration and proper implementation of digital economy and strategy. The NCC boss who just kick-started his second term further disclosed that protection of consumers’ right against unwholesome practices by some service providers shall be given a major focus in the next five years.

Danbatta stated that in the next 4 to 5 years, the cost of data will be reduced from its current N800 per Gigabit to N390 per Gigabit. He, however, affirmed that the plan can be achieved steadily and gradually.

Lamenting unsolicited text messages to consumers, Danbatta said that more important weapons would be deployed to combat such practices by service providers.

He said, ‘’ We have hope to take broadband penetration to 70 per cent and to at least 90 per cent of the population in 2025 in line with new target in the Nigerian National Broadband Plan (NBBP), 2020-2025.

“ We want to protect consumers and ensure they have value for their money. We want to continue to support and fast-track the digital economy drive of the Federal Government of Nigeria and this has led to the creation of a Digital Economy Department in the Commission.

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