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FG to telcos: Tariff hike not solution to sector challenges

The Minister of Communications, Innovation, and Digital Economy, Dr Bosun Tijani, has said tariff hikes are not the sole solution to the challenges in the…

The Minister of Communications, Innovation, and Digital Economy, Dr Bosun Tijani, has said tariff hikes are not the sole solution to the challenges in the telecommunication sector of the country.

Tijani said this at the Global System for Mobile Communications Association (GSMA) GSMA Telecom report launched on Thursday in Abuja.

The minister called for a comprehensive approach solution, rejecting the notion that increasing tariffs alone could resolve the challenges.

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Also, the Executive Vice Chairman of the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), Dr Aminu Maida, said the report came at an important time when the Ministry of Communication, Innovation, and Digital Economy is setting in motion a strategic plan with the goal of harnessing the power of technology in order to bring about all-round development of our nation’s economy.

However, the GSMA report highlights the potential for significant growth in Nigeria’s telecommunications sector by 15 million internet users by 2028 by implementing an improved policy environment with only 29 per cent of Nigerians regularly accessing mobile internet.

 

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