By Inalegwu Shaibu
ABUJA—NIGERIAN Communications Commission, NCC, said, yesterday, that it would revive fixed line telephony in 2011.
NCC Executive Vice_Chairman, Dr. Eugene Juwah, gave the indication while defending the Commission’s N70 billion 2010 budget before the Senate Committee on Communications.
He said the commission has requested for a substantial amount in the 2010 budget to enable it acquire and implement broadband technology to facilitate the establishment of fixed line telephony in Nigeria.
On SIM card registration, he said that the Commission would be responsible for the registration of SIMs bought before May, while operators would register new SIMs bought after that date.
He added that plans were also underway to deepen the penetration of Internet facilities in rural communities and the construction of emergency response centres nationwide to respond to emergency situations.
Acting Chairman of the Committee, Senator Ayogu Eze, expressed surprise that fixed line telephony had been inactive in Nigeria.
He said fixed line telephony was the standard use for international business transactions in developed and emerging economies, stressing that foreign investors sought to rely more on it than on mobile telephony.
Eze urged NCC to submit its budget in time to ensure its early passage.