WIRED | NCC to ‘interconnect’ tertiary institutions in Nigeria

WIRED | NCC to ‘interconnect’ tertiary institutions in Nigeria

WIRED | NCC to ‘interconnect’ tertiary institutions in Nigeria

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The Nigeria Communication Commission (NCC ) says it is executing an interconnected platform for information-sharing among tertiary institutions in Nigeria.

Professor Umaru Danabatta, Executive Vice Chairman at the telecoms industry regulator who dropped this hint at the 46th convocation of the University of Nigeria, Nsukka says the project will facilitate the activation of an electronic platform called “college cloud.”

According to the telecoms regulatory chief, the project is in line with the vision 2020 objectives for the ICT thematic area which includes the development of advanced and reliable ICT infrastructure, Modern ICT-driven education system among others

Danbatta says the Commission provides these facilities as a way of preparing the Country for the digital economy that will be boosted by the imminent broadband revolution.

”It is also a part of its mandate to intervene and deepen ICT penetration in our universities and other tertiary institutions of Learning and to focus on areas where there is growing need of ICT infrastructure, such as these universities and tertiary institutions of learning”, the NCC chief says.

According to him, a total of 38,136 teaching and non-teaching staff of Nigerian tertiary institutions have been trained by the Digital Bridge Institute (DBI) through the Advanced Digital Awareness Programme for Tertiary Institutions (ADAPTI), a programme aimed at bridging the digital gaps that exists in academia from inception in 2006 to December 2016.

NCC has consistently intensified its effort in training tertiary institutions staff on relevant ICT tools for teaching, research, administration and communication using the ADAPTI programme.

As at 2014, 2015 and 2016 a total of 2779, 5179 and 11393 staff have been trained by the DBI respectively, showing more commitment and effort by the Commission, Danbatta says.

Explaining further, the telecoms regulator says the broadband penetration in Nigeria rose from 14% in August last year to 20.95% as at the end of 2016

Quoting the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) Broadband Commission Danbatta says the present figure is getting close to the 30% penetration required by the 2018 as prescribed in the National Broadband Plan.

Quoting the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) Broadband Commission Danbatta says the present figure is getting close to the 30% penetration required by the 2018 as prescribed in the National Broadband Plan.

Professor Umar Danbata, Executive Vice Chairman at NCC.
Professor Umar Danbata, Executive Vice Chairman at NCC.

“Nigeria’s Broadband penetration now stands at 20.95% as at the end of 2016 according to the UNESCO Broadband Commission. This is close to the 30% penetration required by the 2018 as prescribed in the National Broadband Plan,” he said.

He attributed the increase to the timely and comprehensive interventions and regulatory efforts of NCC, which forced it from 8% in 2015 to the 20.95% penetration in 2016.

Danbatta, who has spent more than three decades teaching and mentoring students says that NCC has licensed several ICT infrastructure companies to provide broadband infrastructure and the opening up of other spectrum resources to support broadband deployment for the 3G and 4G networks.

“The Commission has licensed two Infrastructure Companies (INFRACOS) for Lagos in the South West and North Central regions of Nigeria and has commenced the process to license other companies for the other geopolitical zones (South West, South East, South-South,North West and North East) of Nigeria.

This is to provide fibre optic infrastructure on the basis of an Open Access Model for any telecommunications company to deploy its network and expand to host broadband services.”

He also noted that the Commission has issued the 2.3GHz and 2.6GHz spectrum licences to provide the operating companies spectrum resources for improved quality of service, adding that NCC has consulted with stakeholders in order to commence a Spectrum Trading regime in Nigeria for improved spectrum utilisation and efficiency.

Kolade Akinola

Technology Journalist at Technology Times

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