The Nigerian Communications Commission, NCC, has on Monday announced that it would issue new telecom spectrum licenses in 2016, to create robust internet infrastructure in all the 36 states in the country.

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Speaking during an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria in Abuja, the Acting Executive Vice Chairman, NCC, Prof Umar Danbatta, disclosed that the commission was focussed on providing a level playing field for all telecom companies and investors to maximise their investments in the sector.

Danbatta said this would increase investments, expand broadband services and drive economic growth and development in the country.

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The NCC boss said the overall target was to raise the sector’s contribution to Nigeria’s GDP to 25 per cent from the present 10 per cent.

“We shall continue to provide the enabling environment to attain the prediction of 25 per cent by 2025.

“The commission is currently engaging the Nigeria Governors’ Forum with a view to removing the barriers to infrastructure deployment such as fibre-optic cables, base transceiver stations and others from their states,” he said.

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