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‘NCC working on cheaper countrywide data’

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The Executive Vice Chairman of the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) Prof. Umar Dambatta has disclosed that the commission has begun moves to avail Nigerians with massive data Internet connection across the country at cheaper rates.

He also revealed that the commission had licensed and supported infrastructure development companies in deploying fibre optic cables across the country to enable data-based start-ups in harnessing and achieving their objectives.

Danbatta disclosed these in Port Harcourt on Tuesday at an ICT innovation forum with the theme ‘Developing Nigeria’s tech eco-system, imperative for improving local content’.

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Represented by the Secretary of the commission, Mr. Felix Adeoye, Danbatta added that the commission was supporting the Federal Government in reducing hate speech in the cyberspace and making sure that data were utilised positively by Nigerians.

“Within the next few years you are going to see availability of massive data all over the country. We have licensed a number of infrastructure companies to deploy fibres all over the country and they have begun operations”, he said.

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