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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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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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Muhammadu Buhari Inking on UN Climate Agreement It takes everybody to be on the climate agenda; Nigeria isn’t going to be left behind. Ahead of the COP 22 in Marrakesh, Morocco…

Muhammadu Buhari Inking on UN Climate Agreement

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Ahead of the UNFCCC COP 22 in Marrakesh, Morocco

The 22nd session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 22) to the UNFCCC is scheduled to take place from 7-18 November 2016. During COP 22, parties will, inter alia, begin preparations for entry into force of the Paris Agreement.

Event: UNFCCC COP 22 | SDG Knowledge Hub | IISD

dates: 7-18 November 2016  
location: Marrakesh, Marrakech, Morocco  
contact: UNFCCC Secretariat  
phone: +49-228 815-1000  
fax: +49-228-815-1999  
e-mail: secretariat@unfccc.int  
www: http://unfccc.int/  

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