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From India With ICT’s: Indo-Africa ICT Expo 2017, Lagos Nigeria.

In order to address international telecommunications union ITU’s Internet connectivity infrastructure and access standards for today’s emerging applications and shore up the nations efforts so far, the Nigeria Communications Commission NCC intervened in the increasing investor apathy for Nigeria’s telecoms industry, by organizing a sensitization workshop on the code of corporate governance as a mandatory scheme; and instituted a reward system for whistleblower and compliance. The Minister of Communications Barista Adebayo Shittu held that, Nigeria’s ICT sector, specifically the telecommunications industry is rife for injection of convergence of emerging Broadband technologies; and where better to espouse the value to government than at the Indo-Africa 2017 expo held at the Eko hotel, Ikoyi, Lagos.

The Indian ICT sector showcased their new business for Nigeria, which attracted captains of industry including Dr. Ndukwe the erstwhile EVC Nigeria Communications Commission NCC who championed the mobile voice revolution, Olusola Teniola President ATCON and more. It was also a moment for a light cultural exchange by Barista Shittu who welcomed and invited the Indian delegation to Nigeria’s best appetizer, Suya! Before continuing with his keynote address.  The Buhari government’s drive to creating smarter communities would be bolstered by the Indo-Africa Expo offerings ranging from financial services software and broadband infrastructures products to smart city apps and point-of-sale POS devices just to name a few.

Government recognizes ICT’s as key drivers and has factored it in all governments’ frameworks for the societal and economic development. “Says Hon. Adebayo Shittu.

The country has transitioned to 4G networks, studies show that India is the fastest growing telecoms market in the world. Many of these technologies have been tested and used in India and now would be reproduced in Africa, hence presents the opportunity Nigeria needs for effective collaborations to improving its digital fitness. Ironically, the Nigeria Communications Commission NCC laws and regulations required for creating a competition driven telecoms industry are quite broad with overlapping areas that must be updated to addressing emerging ICT’s, thus improving the nations investment climate.

To ensure a win-win situation the Minister outlined some strategies for growth in the sector.  “We seek collaborations; not only sales outlet but also investments in our societal and economic growth” Says Shittu.

Many of the Indian companies showcase disruptive technologies that without ex-ante regulations they can do more harm than good, from frequency interference to outright interoperability. The focus of the Indo-Africa ICT symposium is honorable where it bids to improve the nation’s digital fitness. Consequently, the NCC is intervening very timely on the internal management governance in the sector by instituting the code of corporate governance for telecoms industry with reward for compliance. This initiative would allow the non-executive board members NEM bring some order when management is seen not to adhere to the tenets of the telecoms industry governance code.

According to the ATCON President Mr. Sola Teniola, the enabling environment is what industry needs to thrive under any government in power and this current administration is attempting to ensure that this environment is put in place to allow the private sector to contribute the innovative solutions and economic growth that will allow the citizens of the country to benefit from ICT advancements and the efficiency and productivity that this brings to its growth.

This year’s Indo-Africa ICT event in Lagos lists of exhibitors includes KS Infosystems, had a bold innovation, an automated management system for booking transportation fares, collection of waste, and Telimart product catalogue features everything required for a broadband expansion scheme for the hinterlands, a cloud-based hotspot management system for hotels, schools and public places is the best investment for its value to an emerging smart market. Oftentimes hotspot operators focus on providing a free service to their community. The WifiLAN from WiFi-Soft includes advertising features for monetization also monitors URL Logins and your bandwidth.

Finally, In a bid to shore-up possibilities with these ICT’s from India, many other African nation’s that have seen their hopes realized gave testimonies, including Ghana. The spirit of the mandatory code of corporate governance for telecoms industry is the right thing, it is a double edge sword working towards promoting a freer and fair level playing field in Nigeria because, it checks those companies that are too big to fell and mandates improvement to adherence to organizational memorandum of understanding and associations, ATCON President stated.

 

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I Want Strong Regulations to Bring Sanity Upon #Nigeria’s Telecoms Industry – Spectranet Limited CEO David Venn.

David Venn appeals for effective leadership in Nigeria’s IT and Telecoms sector

CEO Spectranet 4G LTE, David Venn
CEO Spectranet 4G LTE, David Venn

Lagos, Nigeria:In accordance with the Nigerian Broadband Plan 2013-2018’s quest on enabling, stimulating demand and increasing true broadband networks across the country, Spectranet 4G Ltd. CEO revealed at the recent Businessday Broadband Summit 2017 that the current regulatory conditions and operator bias or anticompetitive behaviors in the Industry are major factors killing off competition  and calls for SANITY in the sector.

In a chat with Supercomafrica CEO Engr. Gbolahan Isama, he clarifies and outlines some strategies for sustainable growth, to ensure Nigeria doesn’t lose all recent gains and innovations worth over $65bn dollars and an eminent shutdown of the Internet space here.

The CEO of Spectranet 4G Nigeria Limited, Mr. David Venn at the recent broadband symposium held at the Wheatbaker hotel, Ikoyi has called on government, regulators and lawmakers responsible for developing Nigeria’s ICT institutions “to do their jobs”, working toward enabling stimulating demand and increasing true broadband penetration for economic growth by “stamping-out anticompetitive practices and giving ROW powers to infracos that will allow them quickly rollout the national broadband networks, which will be a huge asset for Nigeria’s nascent Internet user base.

David Venn who made this assertions recently clarified his strategic position on the issue in an exclusive chat with Supercomafrica CEO, Engr. Gbolahan Isama, that “it will be a huge asset if the authorities gave operators ROW powers, which enables licensed infracos who have been idle for 2 months begin to quickly build-out networks; but it should not be run by government but by an operator, at harms length.”

David a former Vodacom executive x-rayed the current trends in Nigeria’s data/voice market, explained that with states usurping money from infracos even before digging and coupled with anticompetitive behaviors, there could be a total shutdown and wipeout of recent innovations and gains worth $70bn from the sector.

With this development the minister, NASS and NCC need to step-in and stamp-out these canker worms that will destroy all recent gains in the sector. According to David, the biggest hurt will be constant incessant network congestion; in the past 6 month quality of service QoS has become worse, almost all mobile voice and mobile data operators in Nigeria are experiencing it because they are carrying much more data and then cross subsidizing, making money on voice but selling data below cost, cheap.

“We ISP’s cannot compete, the effect kills competition, if it continues will put us out of business, if you want a national broadband network quickly you need to give them POWER’s and that will be a huge asset.” David further explained that Nigeria Communications Commission NCC’s Year of the Telecoms Consumer presents ample opportunities for telecoms consumers to demand better quality of service from their mobile operator, as about 80% of the 100 million Internet traffic from the country will be provisioned from 3G GSM networks.

Spectranet CEO said that, telecoms sector having met its voice communication needs should now be working toward building data networks, that “voice is going to be free”.  David explained further that “bundles are for data nowadays with unlimited voice, the telephone companies in the country they are not ready for it, and because all their revenue comes from voice; if everyone switch to data their revenue drops 100%.”

To ensure that the sector achieves its quest to stimulate adoption and provide affordable Internet, Mr. Venn outlined some strategies for growth for the sector. He stated that consumers must be more informed and sensitized with network supply metrics; and NCC should provide government-assisted broadband extension funds to ensure capacity growth to new cities, we are in a recession there is no dollars to buy new networks for broadband expansion and ISP’s can’t get investors at price in the market, doesn’t make sense when the retail cost (tariff) is below the cost of providing; but people blame it on the economy, Spectranet CEO stated.

“At Spectranet our consumer focus is to make them (consumers) be more informed by measuring our network performance and making its supply metric available”, David stated that Spectranet 4G has made extensive plans to drive performance management across its locations and appealed to government, lawmakers and regulators to step-in and stamp-out artificial subsidizing, and  cross subsidizing.

“If we survive this difficult period of the economy we will come out stronger, our survival hinges on anticompetitive issues resolved; if the major operators take advantage of the situation when ISP’s are vulnerable, it will kill-off the last part of the industry. So regulators can you bring SANITY into the industry, over $65bn dollars have been invested that will be wiped-out.”

View Podcast: Biggest Hurt for Nigerian Telecoms Consumers

Contact us at broadband@supercomafrica.com.ng for participation in the case study.

Broadband: NIGCOMSAT Keen on Empowering Entrepreneurs

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Broadband: NIGCOMSAT Keen on Empowering Entrepreneurs

By Supercomafrica, Gbola Isama

February 6, 2017

 

Abuja, Nigeria – Now that the dust had settled on the debate for the merger of Nigeria’s information communications technology institutions (ICT) with the ministry of communications rather than its science and technology counterpart, the ICT industry faces another challenge, and that of entrepreneurs that have the capacity to distribute and expand internet connectivity into the rural areas.

This was made known by the AGM NIGCOMSAT Business Office, Lagos, Ms. Ibiye Memberr during a courtesy visit to her office on Awolowo road, Ikoyi recently. Supercomafrica’s Engineer Gbola Isama was made to understand that the first hurdle on the connectivity issues in the country have been resolved; but the biggest challenge is making “Made in Nigeria” telecommunications services more attractive to local investors.

The AGM, Lagos described broadband technology as a major catalyst in making local connectivity services such as NIGCOMSAT, Galaxy Backbone, Terrestrial services very attractive. Ibiye explained that NIGCOMSAT already has the capacity, and not restricted by the rigors’ of the Right of Way issues in the Nigeria Broadband Plan of 2014, she says, “NIGCOMSAT is a satellite service, and has coverage over sub Saharan Africa, parts of Europe, Asia and a global coverage on the L-band.”

According to the AGM, Lagos, Ibiye Memberr, NIGCOMSAT is embracing the strategy to boost connectivity “Internet”, she explained that by convergence of connectivity solution providers and collocation of its active views, “NIGCOMSAT will in addition to its collocation with a major terrestrial operator, is taking advantage of its coverage capacity to further  increase connectivity within Nigeria and beyound”, which Engineer Gbola Isama believes is a major factor militating against quality user experience and effective services provisioning.

The AGM, Lagos, also said the collaboration of NIGCOMSAT and other national ICT institutions with the ministry of communications is a big step in the right direction that will surely increase local investor participation and provide affordable internet to the common man in Nigeria. She explained that NIGCOMSAT operates transponder lease and VSAT services on 3 satellite frequency bands, the C-band, KU-band & Ka-band, she says “the Ka-band has the newest technology that caters to the common man and will allow citizens to feel quality connectivity solutions in Nigeria.

 

What is UX Design? 15 User Experience Experts Weigh In

What is UX design?
Well, I think it’s important to start by saying there’s no commonly accepted definition.

User experience design is a concept that has many dimensions, and it includes a bunch of different disciplines—such as interaction design, information architecture, visual design, usability, and human-computer interaction.

But let’s try to get a clearer picture of what that really means. Learn More.

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Images from Code of Corporate Governance Workshop.

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Chairman of NCC Senator Olabiyi Durojaiye flanked by and Management of NCC EVC Danbatta, ATCON president Sola Teniola and other stakeholders at the workshop
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Nigeria Communications Commission Chairman, Senator Olabiyi Durojaiye during his opening remarks
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Professor Umar Danbatta delivering his address
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Panelists include ATCON President Mr. Olusola Teniola and flanked by the moderator NCC Stakeholder Management Mr. Sunday Dare and other stakeholders of the Code of Corporate Governance workshop
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NCC Conducts Code of Corporate Governance Workshop for Telecoms Industry: Transforming Nigeria To a More Dynamic and Connected Society

NCC Conducts Code of Corporate Governance Workshop for Telecoms Industry

Transforming Nigeria To a More Dynamic and Connected Society

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Management of NCC, ATCON president and other stakeholders at he workshop

The Nigeria Communications Commission NCC has expresses willingness to improving internal management practices in order to foster investor confidence in the telecoms industry.

The NCC intervened in the ongoing chaos in the Data market with a sensitization workshop organised to facilitate a freer and fair playing field for all players.
“We know what we were doing; but our services was bad” declared by a former NITEL executive and ATCON president Titi Omo-Etu, at the Broadband Expansion Program 2013 and Beyond organized by ATCON, about internal management issues during his days at a public corporation.
The implication of the statement is that, poor corporate governance has been the defining culture of the telecoms industry, and as a result putting a strain on our societal and economic growth. It is amazing considering the many espoused values that are successfully justified; but a sudden death occurs when the implementation plans travel through the hierarchical government and its back to business as usual.

As a result, your kids whom want a video call, your transactions – e-payments, online banking, e-commerce, webinars and business startups may not understand this situation, where they cannot connect whenever they want to. Often times you will be perceived as not showing enough dedication and may indicate a society with a low quality of life.

If this trend continues, it sets a dangerous precedence and research shows that slower packets are susceptible to hacking; and also imputes higher access costs to consumers. In a bid to make Nigeria more connected and bring sanity upon the telecoms industry, the management of the NCC conduced the first code of corporate governance for telecoms workshop to sensitize operators and stakeholders on the new and robust directive for transforming corporate culture into a dynamic and responsive management structure.
The workshop was bolstered by the new NCC chairman’s, Senator Olabiyi Durojaiye opening remarks, which indicated that there’s a new sheriff in town, called government, regulators lawmakers and stakeholders responsible for developing Nigeria’s telecoms institutions working toward stimulating demand and enabling true broadband penetration to adhere strictly to the mandatory provisions enshrined in the code. He said:

“Ensuring fair and level playing field should be doubt kept in no one and I repeat no one – that Nigeria deserve and we prefer healthy competition and good service at affordable cost to the people as oppose to huge and quick returns to the few”. Chairman NCC said.

Contrary to popular beliefs that technology and technical challenges were the major factors causing the chaos in the industry, panelist at the workshop unanimously debunked it, as sensationalizing the truth to the public. The president of ATCON, Mr. Olusola Teniola at a recent chat with Supercomafrica indicated that, the chaos is the manifestations from a broad regulations, which are subject to interpretation that empowers NCC to act quickly on the telecoms industry issues.
Senator Durojaiye an economist and barrister indicated efforts made to improving investors’ confidence and sharpen the internal management capabilities of stakeholders by instituting a reward system for whistle blowing and compliance. According to Sola Teniola, many of the ailing are self-inflicted, where you now have major network operators MNO behaving like internet service providers ISP’s or fixed–line operators. In order to have a fair and level playing field the Nigerian Communication  NCA 2003 Act and internal managements conduct and not the technology needs to be the focus.

Consequently, without a mandatory code of corporate governance, the few operators that dominate the telecoms industry with sustaining technologies intend to get their money’s worth, before any disruptions to the markets. However, the financial reporting council of Nigeria would like to have NCC review some clauses in section 2.1; would like to see more powers given to the boards of a corporation to provide the strategic directions a dynamic telecoms industry needs.
The dynamic nature of the information communications technology ICT sector has left the telecoms industry devoid of leadership that will bring about successful implementations to the many espoused values and justifications. The industry is at a crossroad, and facing high culture resistance to do away with sustainable technologies regardless of the any transformational benefits to consumers of integrating disruptive technologies into the ecosystem.
Hence, I agree with the panelist that young “minded” people should be drivers of this dynamic industry because it may challenge the mobility of those elderly or long-serving management staff who fail to enrich their digital acumen, particularly as Nigeria migrates from an analogue to a digital ecosystems. Research shows that corporation that fail to have management that are highly digitally fit risk imminent failure.
Evidently, in recent press releases, MTN concluded the layoff of 280 employees and a credible source close to MTN however said it was to hire 300 more digitally warriors, it is sending a signal for the beginning of the digital revolution in Nigeria. However, the social engineering skills required for actual sustainable telecoms development is best handled by the Nigeria diaspora.
Mr. Sola Teniola who dropped this hint during my recent chat, said that the broadband plan 2013-2018 speaks on the transformation of citizens into digital warriors, but it is an uphill battle, where everything is imported and all MNO’s do it, it would be difficult to pass-on the social engineering skills to our citizens.

Nigeria’s diaspora should not just go abroad and get lost, bring back the knowledge to develop your home” ATCON president told me during our chat.

As a result, the recent economic community report on Nigeria’s mega-city, Lagos, indicates that the citizens are consumers with basic underlying understanding of an information society, hence the winner-take-all attitude, imported operations and thus created a structure of vertically integrated companies in the Nigeria telecoms markets.

“The revised code of corporate governance would not only assist in enhancing business integration and corporate accessibility, but also help in consolidating on the gains of the telecoms sector and reinforce skills and capabilities of telecoms staff,” the EVC NCC, Prof. Umar Danbatta told stakeholders during the workshop.

According to him, president Buhari was determined to re-enforce Nigeria’s investors of a healthy and competitive structure and the code of corporate governance is a key initiative designed to enhance internal management capabilities, as the panacea for the chaos in the industry.

Key takeaways from the workshop are the introduction by the chairman of a reward system to celebrate compliance; transformation of staff into digital warriors, stakeholders as digital watchdogs or whistle-blowers; and enforcement of a mandatory financial reporting system, all to produce a higher level of performance and corporate transparency in the industry.
Moreover, it is evident that quite often our hierarchical government turns it backs on espoused values justified for a more connected society. This cultural resistance speaks to all facets of the nation’s economic possibilities; as such would require a heroic leadership effort by NCC management and other associations that can speak to the consciences of the naysayers; and a vibrant press that will be objective in their reportage and not on-the-take.

As part of the study, I sat with ATCON president, Mr. Sola Teniola for a close-up look at management, technology and regulatory issues and how it can be better managed in a dynamic and disruptive telecoms ecosystem.

View Pics from workshop: Here

Contact us at broadband@supercomafrica.com.ng for participation in the study.

I Want Strong Regulations to Bring Sanity Upon #Nigeria’s Telecoms Industry – Spectranet Limited CEO David Venn.

David Venn appeals for effective leadership in Nigeria’s IT and Telecoms sector

CEO Spectranet 4G LTE, David Venn
CEO Spectranet 4G LTE, David Venn

Lagos, Nigeria:In accordance with the Nigerian Broadband Plan 2013-2018’s quest on enabling, stimulating demand and increasing true broadband networks across the country, Spectranet 4G Ltd. CEO revealed at the recent Businessday Broadband Summit 2017 that the current regulatory conditions and operator bias or anticompetitive behaviors in the Industry are major factors killing off competition  and calls for SANITY in the sector.

In a chat with Supercomafrica CEO Engr. Gbolahan Isama, he clarifies and outlines some strategies for sustainable growth, to ensure Nigeria doesn’t lose all recent gains and innovations worth over $65bn dollars and an eminent shutdown of the Internet space here.

The CEO of Spectranet 4G Nigeria Limited, Mr. David Venn at the recent broadband symposium held at the Wheatbaker hotel, Ikoyi has called on government, regulators and lawmakers responsible for developing Nigeria’s ICT institutions “to do their jobs”, working toward enabling stimulating demand and increasing true broadband penetration for economic growth by “stamping-out anti-competitive practices and giving ROW powers to infracos that will allow them quickly rollout the national broadband networks, which will be a huge asset for Nigeria’s nascent Internet user base.

David Venn who made this assertions recently clarified his strategic position on the issue in an exclusive chat with Supercomafrica CEO, Engr. Gbolahan Isama, that “it will be a huge asset if the authorities gave operators ROW powers, which enables licensed infracos who have been idle for 2 months begin to quickly build-out networks; but it should not be run by government but by an operator, at harms length.”

David a former Vodacom executive x-rayed the current trends in Nigeria’s data/voice market, explained that with states usurping money from infracos even before digging and coupled with anticompetitive behaviors, there could be a total shutdown and wipeout of recent innovations and gains worth $70bn from the sector.

With this development the minister, NASS and NCC need to step-in and stamp-out these canker worms that will destroy all recent gains in the sector. According to David, the biggest hurt will be constant incessant network congestion; in the past 6 month quality of service QoS has become worse, almost all mobile voice and mobile data operators in Nigeria are experiencing it because they are carrying much more data and then cross subsidizing, making money on voice but selling data below cost, cheap.

“We ISP’s cannot compete, the effect kills competition, if it continues will put us out of business, if you want a national broadband network quickly you need to give them POWER’s and that will be a huge asset.” David further explained that Nigeria Communications Commission NCC’s Year of the Telecoms Consumer presents ample opportunities for telecoms consumers to demand better quality of service from their mobile operator, as about 80% of the 100 million Internet traffic from the country will be provisioned from 3G GSM networks.

Spectranet CEO said that, telecoms sector having met its voice communication needs should now be working toward building data networks, that “voice is going to be free”.  David explained further that “bundles are for data nowadays with unlimited voice, the telephone companies in the country they are not ready for it, and because all their revenue comes from voice; if everyone switch to data their revenue drops 100%.”

To ensure that the sector achieves its quest to stimulate adoption and provide affordable Internet, Mr. Venn outlined some strategies for growth for the sector. He stated that consumers must be more informed and sensitized with network supply metrics; and NCC should provide government-assisted broadband extension funds to ensure capacity growth to new cities, we are in a recession there is no dollars to buy new networks for broadband expansion and ISP’s can’t get investors at price in the market, doesn’t make sense when the retail cost (tariff) is below the cost of providing; but people blame it on the economy, Spectranet CEO stated.

“At Spectranet our consumer focus is to make them (consumers) be more informed by measuring our network performance and making its supply metric available”, David stated that Spectranet 4G has made extensive plans to drive performance management across its locations and appealed to government, lawmakers and regulators to step-in and stamp-out artificial subsidizing, and  cross subsidizing.

“If we survive this difficult period of the economy we will come out stronger, our survival hinges on anticompetitive issues resolved; if the major operators take advantage of the situation when ISP’s are vulnerable, it will kill-off the last part of the industry. So regulators can you bring SANITY into the industry, over $65bn dollars have been invested that will be wiped-out.”

View Podcast: Biggest Hurt for Nigerian Telecoms Consumers

Contact us at broadband@supercomafrica.com.ng for participation in the case study.

Watch: So regulators can you bring SANITY into the industry, over $65bn dollars have been invested that will be wiped-out. @NgComCommission @CPCNig:

 

David Venn Spectranet 4G LTE CEO
David Venn Spectranet 4G LTE CEO expose the bias, lack of transparency and leadership gaps in Nigeria’s Telecoms data market regulations, and outlined his strategic position for a ways forward for the sector.

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Telecoms stakeholders call for an urgent assessment of network operations in the country in order to save recent gains in the industry from imminent wipeout @CPCNig @NgComCommission @HMAdebayoShittu

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Network congestion and operator apathy has become the norm in the Telecoms service delivery market in Nigeria. Supercomafrica discovered that partiality and a huge leadership gap are major factors behind them. For over 6 months circumstances surrounding the industry have continued to deteriorate, and there seem to be a gradual shutdown among telecoms operations within the country; these was the insight deduced from network operators at the recent gathering of government, lawmakers, regulators and other stakeholders from the sector, on the theme, “enabling broadband for economic growth” organized by Businessday at the Wheatbaker hotel Victoria Island recently.

In recent times communicating either by voice or data is, well, growing despite pains in high cost of connectivity and quality of services, which is why Spectranet’s CEO David Venn called for the telecoms regulator NCC to “just do your job”, at the backdrop of conducts seem to be of anticompetitive practice and calls for an urgent assessment of network operations in the country in order to save recent gains in the industry from imminent wipeout; and protect consumers from poor service delivery and high access charges.

At a recent chat with Mr. Venn, where my research begins, I discovered that the country’s voice tariff should have become “unlimited voice”, free, which would have been realized if the priority of government and regulatory agency’s have been shifting to working towards building data networks rather than telephony networks in Nigeria,. At the Spectranet limited head office at Alahusa Ikeja, David express his fears about the worsened conditions smaller network and ISP operators face in the industry – anticompetitive behaviors, poor performance in Internet connectivity with the continued use of GSM telephony retrofitted 3G networks to deliver data; and a lack of consumer focus, as some factors killing-off competition in the industry.

During the summit a maturing telecoms and ICT stakeholder and consumer body confronted the authorities with myriads of problems, but very few answers were given. The real reason for this case study is not simply to demand for freer competition of ideas in the telecoms markets, but also to call for the protection of consumers from poor quality of service by conducting an urgent assessment of working conditions and network performance among telecoms sector operators and as a concerned citizen and stakeholder, so that don’t lose-out on all recent gains in the sector.

The NCC is saddled with the responsibility of facilitating freer and fair competition and increased investments in the sector as set out in Section 4 of the Nigerian Communications Act 2003 (the “Act”). Dr. Omobola Johnson the predecessor  communications technology minister reiterated the importance the Nigeria Broadband Plan 2013-2018 tenets holds, which if ambitiously implemented can drive economic growth for Nigeria and ensure globalization. As stated by the Nigeria Communications Commission NCC, Nigeria’s FDI continues to grow, currently at $68Bn dollars, the organizers asked “where are we?”

This chat with David unearthed the rut in the industry, which includes the lack of consumer focus and anticompetitive practices to GSM network performance, reliability and stalled National Fiber Backbone Network buildups by Infracos, for lack of ROW powers. In 2007, the NCC, as empowered by the Act, published its Regulations on Competition Practices (CPR (2)) which assessed levels of competition in the industry, but was unable to ascertain anomalies in the fixed and mobile data markets.

Today’s applications and development environment are data sensitive which was indicative of presentations made by telephone network executives at the broadband summit. An MTN executive spoke about their music streaming initiative for consumers currently in operations in South Africa; but admitted that “pipes (bandwidth) are not large enough to chime it”, the Airtel representative also stated the need for more investments in better connectivity options, we also heard from Mr. Kamar who suggested that NCC should work toward releasing more spectrum in the sub-gigahertz frequencies to drive Internet penetration and lower cost of access to rural and underserved areas that are not profitable for GSM and ISP operators. CWG CEO Austin Okere stated that communications infrastructures should be move to the cloud and savings on CAPEX should be used to buy more bandwidth.

Finally, the most thought-provoking appeal for a strong leadership was made by Rack Center CEO, Tunde Coker who expressed delight about a former American Vice President Mr. Al Gore whose ambitious leadership gave rise to developing the Internet, which may have been impossible.  We believe there must be a moral starting point in achieving success in broadband “Data” service delivery, penetration and affordable access for Nigerian voice and data consumers, if the telecoms sector authorities do their job by working on regulations for freer competition and transparency in the marketplace.

Read: Full Chat with Spectranet Limited CEO, David Venn – Here

View Podcast: Biggest Hurt for Nigerian Telecoms Consumers

Contact us at broadband@supercomafrica.com.ng for participation in the case study.

 

Broadband: NIGCOMSAT Keen on Empowering Entrepreneurs

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Broadband: NIGCOMSAT Keen on Empowering Entrepreneurs

By Supercomafrica, Gbola Isama

February 6, 2017

Abuja, Nigeria – Now that the dust had settled on the debate for the merger of Nigeria’s information communications technology institutions (ICT) with the ministry of communications rather than its science and technology counterpart, the ICT industry faces another challenge, and that of entrepreneurs that have the capacity to distribute and expand internet connectivity into the rural areas.

This was made known by the AGM NIGCOMSAT Business Office, Lagos, Ms. Ibiye Memberr during a courtesy visit to her office on Awolowo road, Ikoyi recently. Supercomafrica’s Engineer Gbola Isama was made to understand that the first hurdle on the connectivity issues in the country have been resolved; but the biggest challenge is making “Made in Nigeria” telecommunications services more attractive to local investors.

The AGM, Lagos described broadband technology as a major catalyst in making local connectivity services such as NIGCOMSAT, Galaxy Backbone, Terrestrial services very attractive. Ibiye explained that NIGCOMSAT already has the capacity, and not restricted by the rigors’ of the Right of Way issues in the Nigeria Broadband Plan of 2014, she says, “NIGCOMSAT is a satellite service, and has coverage over sub Saharan Africa, parts of Europe, Asia and a global coverage on the L-band.”

According to the AGM, Lagos, Ibiye Memberr, NIGCOMSAT is embracing the strategy to boost connectivity “Internet”, she explained that by convergence of connectivity solution providers and collocation of its active views, “NIGCOMSAT will in addition to its collocation with a major terrestrial operator, is taking advantage of its coverage capacity to further  increase connectivity within Nigeria and beyond”, which Engineer Gbola Isama believes is a major factor militating against quality user experience and effective services provisioning.

The AGM, Lagos, also said the collaboration of NIGCOMSAT and other national ICT institutions with the ministry of communications is a big step in the right direction that will surely increase local investor participation and provide affordable internet to the common man in Nigeria. She explained that NIGCOMSAT operates transponder lease and VSAT services on 3 satellite frequency bands, the C-band, KU-band & Ka-band, she says “the Ka-band has the newest technology that caters to the common man and will allow citizens to feel quality connectivity solutions in Nigeria.

Why more women in tech will help business

By only attracting males, you miss out on 50 percent of the talent pool.

Girls often don’t see the connection between technology and how interesting a career in this field will be. They get switched off, whereas it is possible to broaden their learning to get them interested.

Any organisation interested in improving workforce relations and productivity should seek to recruit more women in IT through better training and outreach programs.

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