NCC, Google Collaborate To Drive Nigeria’s Digital Transformation

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The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) and Google Global Services Nigeria have expressed their determination to work together to advance the auspicious national goal of ubiquitous broadband access to advance Nigeria’s digital transformation policy.

This is in line with the NCC’s Strategic Vision Plan, centred on strategic partnerships and collaboration with essential stakeholders to achieve regulatory objectives.

A delegation from Google Global Services Nigeria recently made a courtesy visit to the Commission’s headquarters in Abuja to discuss possible collaborative interventions to drive digital transformation across the country and in Africa, the two organisations pledged.

Receiving the Google delegation, Professor Umar Garba Danbatta, NCC Executive Vice-Chairman and Chief Executive Officer (EVC/CEO), said the Commission’s expectations, initiatives and vision for increasing broadband penetration, service quality, advancing the digital economy and improving national security through technological advancement commitment is the top priority of its regulatory intervention.

The importance of this synergy between the committee and Google was highlighted by Danbatta, who is represented as Executive Member of Technical Services (ECTS), NCC, Engr. Ubale Maska said the committee looked forward to making the initiatives of both parties more impactful to have a quantifiable and visible impact by strengthening the collaboration between the NCC and Google Nigeria.

EVC expressed optimism that Google’s investment in the submarine cable Equiano, expected to land in Nigeria by the end of April 2022, will have a greater impact on the NCC’s continued implementation of the Nigeria National Broadband Plan (NNBP) 2020-2025, which is targeted by 2025 Increase broadband penetration to 70% annually.

NCC, Google team up to drive digital transformation in Nigeria

“I hope that Equiano will have more landings in the hinterland through a partnership with licensed infrastructure companies (InfraCos) to significantly reduce retail data prices, thus complementing the Commission’s commitment to ensuring affordable internet services to facilitate the Commission’s Ongoing broadband efforts are policy driven,” he said

Earlier, Juliet Ehimuan, Director of Google West Africa, who led the delegation to the NCC, praised the NCC’s consultative approach in developing regulatory policy as an engine room for optimizing the delivery of telecommunications services, thereby influencing the economic drivers of digital government.

In particular, she commended the Commission for its seamless, fair, credible, impartial and successful auction of 3.5 GHz spectrum for fifth-generation (5G) deployment in Nigeria, noting that the NCC and Google clearly share the same goals.

NCC, Google team up to drive digital transformation in Nigeria

According to Ehimuan, the demand for internet services has increased the need for more capacity and sustainable collaboration with all relevant stakeholders within the public and private sectors. She asserted that Google has committed $1 billion over five years to various interventions that will support digital transformation in Nigeria and across Africa.

According to Ehimuan, research shows that Africa will add 300 million new internet users, and Nigeria will lead in this number as Nigeria currently has over 141 million internet users and a broadband penetration rate of over 40.88% as of January 2022.

The Equiano Cable System is the third privately owned international cable owned by Google and the 14th submarine cable Google has invested in. Connecting Portugal and South Africa, Equiano runs along the west coast of Africa with branch units along the way that can be used to expand the connection to more African countries. The first branch is expected to land in Nigeria by the end of April 2022.

NCC, Google team up to drive digital transformation in Nigeria

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