NCC says the Commission must carryout technical evaluation of whoever emerges preferred bidder of 9Mobile after CBN completes financial readiness of the new buyer
IT NEWS NIGERIA:
Executive Vice Chairman of the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) Prof. Umar Garba Danbatta has announced that the Commission must ensure technical evaluation on whoever emerges new buyer of Nigerian telecoms 9mobile.
Danbatta yesterday spoke with Media Chiefs and News Editors from both traditional and Online Media organisations on the current strides, activities and challenges of the Commission towards improving telecom services and Broadband deployment in Nigeria.
“If the financial evaluation of 9moble is not transparent as reported by the media, that should go to the financial regulator”, adding, Nigerian financial regulator, the central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), has responsibility to ensure that.
“NCC insists on doing technical evaluation on whoever emerges the preferred bidder of 9mobile”
this is in keeping with the Commission’s standards of being transparent with all stakeholders.
Danbatta expressed his appreciation for the quality and quantity of media coverage in the telecom industry which has helped highlight Nigeria as a prime location for investment in Telecoms services. Prof. Danbatta spoke on the milestone achievement the NCC had reached by licensing four Infracos (Infrastructure Service Providers) and noted that a report by the International Telecommunications Union’s (ITU) report showed that Nigeria’s broadband penetration had reached 22% with 30% being the target set by the National Broadband Plan by 2018
He added that a World Bank study had concluded that a 10% point increase in fixed broadband penetration would increase GDP growth by 1.21% in developed economies and 1.38% in developing ones. The EVC also spoke on Quality of Service challenges which included
Also speaking at the event was the NCC’s Director of Public Affairs, Mr. Tony Ojobo, who thanked participants for their continuous and accurate coverage of the Commission’s activities and empathised the importance the Commission lays on its relationship with media practitioners who continuously help promote the activities of the NCC to the general public and International Community.