Telecoms contributes 15trn to economy, as NCC Sets New KPI for QoS

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NCC EVC, Prof. Umar Garba Danbatta
NCC EVC, Prof. Umar Garba Danbatta
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Nahimah Ajikanle Nurudeen

The Nigerian Communications Communications (NCC), on Tuesday said telecoms sector contributed about N15 trillion to the Nigerian economy since the liberalisation of the industry.

The Executive Vice Chairman (EVC) of Prof. Umar Danbatta stated this in Lagos at a Media parley with ICT journalists.

He said the industry according to the latest report from the National Bureau of Statistics, contributed nine per cent to the country’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) in quarter one of 2017.

Danbatta explained that the sector’s contribution to the country’s GDP increased from eight per cent in Q4 of 2016 to nine per cent in the New Year.

He noted that since his assumption of office as the EVC about 18 months ago, the industry has been adding between N1.43 Trillion and N1.45 Trillion to the economy quarterly.

Danbatta maintained that the NCC wasn’t satisfied with the quality of service offered by the Mobile Network Operators (MNOs).

He said however, there was a major improvement in the first quarter which he attributed to the sector’s contribution to the GDP.

However, the commission is considering a review of the Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) set for the MNO on the need to improve quality of service on their networks.

He said continued drop in service quality has really created a huge gap between consumers and the MNOs, “reason for some drop in subscriptions.”

On the dropped in teledensity and revenue, the NCC EVC said migration from 3G to 4G/LTE could be responsible as subscribers rather use WhatsApp to communicate and even make free calls.
He said, “Consumers are moving away from high tariff services to a more cheaper and free services.”

Also, The Executive Commissioner, Stakeholder Management, NCC, Sunday Dare said the Q1 2017 KPI results is under review.

Dare said there is no deadline on improving QoS on the part of the operators, “but sanctions are available.”

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