The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) states that it is working to address and enforce the Directive of the Federal Government on the issues of illegal deduction of data and to examine the downward cost of data in the country.
NCC plans to review the cost of N1,000 to N390 per gigabyte data subscription.
Speaking to reporters in Kano on Saturday, Mr Danbatta revealed that the latest national broadband plan for 2020-2025 was part of the plan, which states that Nigeria must have broadband connectivity, cover virtually all parts of the country and introduce 4G infrastructure nationwide as well.
According to him, the ministry was tasked with developing a strategy and strategies for the digital economy, adding that all the efforts placed in place are intended to bring the cost of data down to N390 as opposed to the N1,000 paid by Mobile Network Operators, MNOs. The cost has actually come down to N1,000 / gigabyte of information, but the government says we should target N390 in the next 3 to 5 years.
According to Mr Dambatta, in order to achieve subsidized data rates, the country must have a pervasive broadband data infrastructure.