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As part of effort to ensure that the telecommunications sector receives a major turnaround, the Nigeria Communication Commission (NCC) has pledged its unflinching support to the West African Telecommunications Regulatory Assembly (WATRA)’s campaign for Quality of Service (QoS).
The Executive Vice Chairman of the Commission, Prof. Umar Danbatta, who spoke when he received the Executive Secretary of WATRA, Alhaji Maman Laminou in his office in Abuja, said that the NCC broadband plan would cater for everybody including those in the rural communities.
He added that the NCC would leverage on WATRA’s expertise to actualise its recently unveiled eight-point agenda which focus is on the turnaround of the telecommunications sector, adding that the National Broadband Plan (NBP) would be pursued vigorously to attain the 30 per cent minimum coverage by 2018.
In his remarks, Laminou congratulated Danbatta on his appointment as EVC and pledged that his association would not relent in supporting the NCC to achieve its goals.
He said that WATRA was in the process of harmonising the roaming activities of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), stressing that guidelines were being developed for a seamless interconnection and roaming of telephone users in the region.
“This and many others will form discussions at the yearly general meeting in April, 2016. WATRA has been taking its activities to several member countries in the last year or so. Some of these activities include Technology Conversion (in Senegal) and has been involved in the campaign for infrastructure sharing among operators. WATRA has also been involved in capacity building for members on Quality of Service (QoS)”, Laminou said.