Vodacom Nigeria has called on telecommunication companies in Nigeria to seek improved collaboration aimed at helping deliver more efficient service for users.
Vodacom Business Nigeria’s Commercial Director, Mr. Solomon Ogufere made the call during a keynote presentation at the NigeriaCom 2018 Conference and Exhibition, organised by Informa Telecoms Group in Lagos.
According to him, with 4 billion consistent internet users all over the world and more than a quarter of a billion new users accessing the internet in 2017 alone, there is no better time than now for businesses to begin to focus on new collaborative strategies to help deliver more efficient service for users.
“With the increase in Internet penetration around the world, the rise of Internet of Things (IoT) and new enabling technologies permeating every facet of business and life, there is an urgent need for swift development within the ICT industry and this can only be achieved through a paradigm shift,” Ogufere said while addressing the Mobile Network Operators, Internet Service Providers, Policy Makers, Techpreneurs and others present at the NigeriaCom 2018 Conference.
He noted that the shift must begin first from approach towards collaboration, moving from opportunistic pseudo collaboration to symbiotic collaboration that leads to efficiency in service delivery, improved quality and a better all-round experience for the customer.”
Ogufere added the secret to solving the collaboration conundrum is to create a culture of collaboration which requires constant interaction. Industry leaders must move away from ownership mentality by creating avenues for collaboration at every point within the ecosystem and encouraging new entrants with specific expertise into the market.
“Collaboration is fundamental for sustained development across industries. As such, collaboration can be said to be the ultimate key ingredient for the development of the economy across all industries. Therefore, being the driving force of all development across the world, this collaboration must begin with technology,” he concluded.
The 2018 NigeriaCom event broadly themed, “Leading Economic Resurgence through ICT Innovation”, provided an excellent opportunity for various stakeholders within the Information Communication and Technology (ICT) space to deliberate on pertinent issues facing the sector today, paramount of which, was the issue of collaboration in order to achieve optimum quality of service for the end user.
As the rest of the world enters into the fourth industrial revolution, Africa as a Continent still lags behind in digitization efforts when compared to Europe, the United States and even Asia, showing that there is yet more ground to cover as it pertains to technological development and this cannot be achieved unilaterally.