Nigeria’s ICT industry set to explode – NCC

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Lagos, 22 October, 2015 – The leadership of the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has called on local and foreign investors to key in to the economy as the telecoms sector prepares for another quarter of growth.

According to NCC, the sector has recorded an 11 percent gain in the total number of active internet subscriptions on the domestic mobile communications network.

While GSM operators exhibit higher growth rates than CDMA companies, stakeholders attribute the increase in market share to the flourishing investments in technology carried out by major telecoms operators.

“This a good trajectory for the ICT sector,” says Paul Midy, chief executive officer of Jumia Travel. “It shows that the market is ready for strategic foreign direct investments. With the greater adoption of internet services, businesses can now make rapid contact with consumers through e-commerce, generate high revenue and accelerate the growth of the Nigerian eco-system as a whole and these are key metrics investors are looking for.”

The NCC further stated that with Nigeria’s teledensity at 107.67 percent and counting based on a calculated national population of 140 million, the prospects for expansion are immense.

Speaking at a recent symposium, the ably represented Prof. Umar Garba Danbatta, the chairman of the Commonwealth Telecommunications Organisation said, “If you are an Information and Communication Technology (ICT) company, Nigeria is a place to be. We currently have over 30,000km of inter-city fibre optic cables laid…and this presents a huge investment opportunity.”

Of the total data released in its report, the number of internet users in the country rose to 93 million (93,403,147) in Q2 of 2015.

With the nation possessing a burgeoning market size, experts predict high returns on investments for venture capitalist who driving the revolution of the industry.

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