Abuja, Thursday – In a recent announcement during the ‘Emerging Technology Forum’ convened for key players in the telecommunications sector, the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) unveiled that Nigeria has earned the distinction of being the 7th most active nation in mobile phone usage worldwide and ranks 11th in terms of widespread internet access.
Umar Danbatta, the Executive Vice-Chairman of NCC, revealed these statistics, underscoring the significance of digital transformation on a global scale to harness the substantial social and economic impacts of the digital epoch.
The assessment, conducted by the Network Readiness Index (NRI) team, scrutinized 131 economies across domains, including technological infrastructure, human capital, governance, and societal impact, serving as a pivotal metric gauging the influence and role of information and communication technology (ICT).
Speaking on behalf of Danbatta, Abraham Oshadami, the Head of Spectrum Database Management at NCC, conveyed, “Nigeria is a telecommunications powerhouse, accounting for 82 percent of the continent’s telecom subscribers and 29 percent of the continent’s internet consumption.
Oshadami added, “Our country ranks eleventh in the world for internet penetration and seventh in mobile phone usage.
“The NRI team’s global data shows that digital transformation is a global imperative for maximizing the social and economic effects of the digital era.
While acknowledging these impressive achievements, Oshadami acknowledged, “Despite these remarkable metrics, our Network Readiness Index ranking for 2022 of 109th out of 131 countries is both humbling and challenging.”
He emphasized that effectively navigating this transformative era necessitates innovation, strategic investments, and the cultivation of an environment conducive to growth.