Danbatta gave this charge while commending telcos for playing a major role in building economic and social resilience amid the COVID-19 pandemic crisis.
Speaking in a virtual meeting with the theme: Socio-Economic and Political Impact of COVID-19 on Telecom and ICT Sector in Nigeria, organized by the Association of Telecommunication Companies of Nigeria (ATCON), the NCC Boss highlighted the importance of building a solid digital economy in Nigeria.
Reiterating NCC’s commitment towards deploying broadband infrastructures in the country, Danbatta said in readiness for a post-COVID-19 Nigeria, the telecoms sector is poised to provide affordable, accessible and available broadband services to Nigerians.
“While we look for ways to address the infrastructure deficit in this country, we really hope and pray that the telecoms service providers will continue to withstand the pressure on their networks and give Nigerians quality services despite congestion.
“Post-COVID-19 era calls for reevaluation and reassessment of the services being provided by telecom service providers as the demand for their services will be huge after the pandemic.” he said.
Expressing his gratitude to President Muhammadu Buhari and the Minister of Communications and Digital Economy for issuing the directive for the protection of telecom facilities as Critical National Infrastructure, the EVC said the stage is now set for the era of telecom services to thrive.
Speaking on broadband deployment, Danbatta disclosed all is ready for the kickoff of the infrastructure projects in the various Nigeria zones.
He also assured operators on NCC’s commitment towards addressing challenges militating against provision of quality services.
“The Government is studying the situations very well. At the same time, the government is convinced in putting in place those measures that will drive the deployment of infrastructure that we are hoping to see,” he said.
Reacting to this, ATCON’s President, Olusola Teniola said “It is now clear that with the congestion in the networks and inadequacies in the sector, there is an infrastructural deficit in the country. We, therefore, need to move fast, roll out fast and close the gap by providing infrastructure through the licensed InfraCos.
“We have done a lot in this regard. All is now set for the InfraCos to-roll-outservices across the country. Soon the Honourable Minister will announce the kick-off of the projects.
“We are making a statement that finally, this country is ready to provide robust telecom services. We want to prove that we are a country that has deployed fibres without borders.
“This is the time for leveraging the redundancies in order to contain the challenges of network congestion. By network redundancies, I mean infrastructure redundancies.”