The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) on Thursday said Nigeria is currently “Our nation ranks 11th globally in terms of internet penetration and seventh in terms of mobile phone usage.
The two-day forum was themed, ‘Contextualizing the Network Readiness Index (NRI) for the Nigerian Telecommunications Industry’.
Danbatta was represented by Abraham Oshadami, the commission’s head of spectrum database management. While commenting, he said global data collected by the NRI team revealed that digital transformation was imperative to maximize the social and economic effects of the digital era.
He noted that the NRI explored the performances of 131 economies in four categories, which include: technology (infrastructure), governance, people, and impact.
“Nigeria is a telecommunications powerhouse, with 82 per cent of the continent’s telecom subscribers and 29 per cent of the continent’s internet consumption,” he said.
“Our nation ranks 11th globally in terms of internet penetration and seventh in terms of mobile phone usage.
“Despite these remarkable metrics, the fact that our NRI ranking for 2022 is 109th out of 131 countries is both humbling and challenging.”
He said as agents of social and economic transformation in the nation, prioritizing network readiness was not only a strategic necessity but a mandate.
He said the NRI is a guiding metric that measures the role and impact of information and communication technology (ICT).
To navigate this era of transformation, the EVC said stakeholders must embrace innovation, make strategic investments, and cultivate a growth-friendly ecosystem.
He urged stakeholders to grasp the opportunity to investigate emerging technologies, envisage their potential applications, and determine how they can be leveraged to solve specific challenges.
“This platform is our gateway to innovative and disruptive solutions that can positively transform our industry,” Danbatta said.
“By engaging in conversations about new technologies, collaborating with global best practices and subject-matter experts, and pooling our insights, we open the door to unimaginable future possibilities.”
The head of new media and information security at NCC, Chidi Diugwu, In his address, urged the stakeholders to embrace insights offered by NRI to guide policies, investments and collaborations.
Diugwu said this would enable the nation to harness the potential of emerging technologies, unlock new opportunities, bridge the digital divide, and create a prosperous and inclusive digital future for Nigeria.