The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has set up a broadband implementation committee to fast-track the deployment of network infrastructure across the country.

The Executive Vice Chairman of the Commission, Prof. Umar Danbatta, confirmed this in Abuja during the Stakeholders’ Engagement Meeting with relevant state agencies in charge of telecommunications matters organized by the Commission with the theme: “Optimising the Benefits of Telecoms Infrastructure in Nigeria.”

The industry regulator explained that the new committee would focus on ensuring deployment of the necessary infrastructure critical to raising broadband penetration for attainment of the 30 percent telecoms coverage target by end of this year

He said: “The licence has gone out to the Infraco companies, we have a total of six of them in all zones of the country. Each zone has infrastructure company licensed by NCC to deploy infrastructure in that zone and no licensee is allowed to deploy infrastructure in any other zone because there will be issues.

“Also, there is a subsidy NCC intends to pay, this subsidy will be paid to INFRACO licensee for attainment of milestone”, Dambatta added.