The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), plans to launch a Telecommunication Institute by the end of January next year to be based in Abuja.

Announcing this last week Executive Vice-Chairman of the NCC, Engr. Ernest Ndukwe, said that the school would be named the Digital Bridge Institute (International Center for Communication Studies) and would award Diploma to Post Graduate Diploma on broad courses in Information and Communication Technology (ICT).

"The development of infrastructure and staffing on the new school has reached an advanced stage", he told the gathering, adding that it is one of the ways that the NCC is addressing the manpower need of ICT in Nigeria and the African Telecom market.

The Minister of Communication, Chief Cornelius Adebayo said that NetTel@Africa programme is the Network for Capacity Building and knowledge in the Telecommunication sector of Africa. Adding that the overall goal of the Network is to combine co-operation and competition in order to build the best telecomm capacity in the African region.

The goal of the NetTel@Africa is to increase the capacities of African ICT sector, academic, and regulatory communities to influence, research, draft, and implement policies that will lead to the improved performance of the ICT and Telecommunications Sector in Africa, which will result in an expansion of improved and affordable ICT and Telecommunications services and opportunities for citizens to communicate and access information.