The (NCC), has said that about 90 per cent of Internet Service Providers (ISPs) in Nigeria are dead.
According to The Nation, NCC Director of Licensing and Authorisation, Ms Funlola Akiode disclosed this yesterday in Lagos during a Stakeholders’ Forum on ISPs at Lagos Sheraton Hotel and Towers, Ikeja. She lamented that only 10 per cent of the 103 licensed ISPs in the country has approached the regulator for licence renewal.
She said: “The world is a global village and a necessary tool for this process is access to information of which the internet is a key element. Despite the fact that over 70 per cent of Nigeria’s population is active on mobile subscribers, the digital divide is still very wide especially as it regards rural dwellers.
“It may interest you to know that Nigeria however trends to the lowest when measured in accordance with population rate. For instance, the penetration rate of 48.4 million (2016) when compared to Nigeria’s population is just 0.3 or 34 per cent. While our population is increasing in a geometric progression, the internet usage and penetration rates are increasing in arithmetic progression.”
She lamented that the Commission has witnessed a tremendous decline in the number of applications for ISP licences while the renewal rate of this licence category too has dropped drastically.
According to her, as a responsive regulator, the sustainability of ISPs in the telecoms business is the primary interest of the Commisison, adding however that the regulator is not unmindful of the difficult operating environment, the stifling competition from a variety of players, dearth of funding and so on.
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