NCC, GSMA collaborates to drive growth of innovation in Nigeria

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Oluwatosin BamideleMaryam Bayi, Prof. Umar Garba Danbatta, Gbenga Adebayo, Akinwale Goodluck
L -R: Oluwatosin Bamidele, Chief Technical and Information Officer, NTEL; Maryam Bayi, Director Human Capital and Administration, Nigerian Communications Commission; Prof. Umar Garba Danbatta, Executive Vice Chairman/CEO NCC ; Gbenga Adebayo, Chairman Association of Licensed Telecom Operators of Nigeria (ALTON); Akinwale Goodluck, Head Sub Saharan Africa Global System Mobile Association (GSMA).

 

The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) is seeking the collaboration of the GSMA to foster innovation and growth in the Telecommunications Industry in the face of emerging and disruptive technologies.

NCC said the collaboration is in consonance with its 3rd and 5th item of the 8-point agenda, which focuses on Optimizing Usage and benefits of Spectrum and Facilitating Strategic Collaboration and partnership.

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Speaking at a workshop at the Commission’s headquarter recently, the Executive Vice Chairman of NCC, Professor Umar Garba Danbatta noted that the objective of the workshop is to provide an avenue for Regulators, Operators, Investors as well as other stakeholders to examine and constructively exchange ideas on the main demand areas for next generation of services, Spectrum licensing reforms and to discuss the requirements for 5G and other emerging technologies that are to revolutionize the Telecom system and users.

“In the world of today, telecommunications is a cardinal tool of economic development, growth and integration,” Danbatta noted.

He stressed that 5G networks are the next generation of connectivity in the telecommunications industry offering faster speeds and more reliable connections on smartphones and other devices than ever before. He said,’ telecommunications development must be taken with all seriousness to foster innovation and growth in the industry as statistics has shown that for every 10% increase in broadband penetration there is a corresponding 1.3 increase in the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) of a Nation’.

The telecom industry is a key enabler of productivity across economies and societies. It is not only a significant contributor to the economic activities of a nation, but also for the growth of other sectors of the economy as well enhancing the social lives of people.

Also commenting, Akinwale Goodluck, Head of Sub-Saharan Africa, GSMA stated that, ‘Mobile Connectivity has improved the welfare of millions of Nigerians, opening the door to new digital possibilities and powering the country’s economic development.

Goodluck further added that, ‘for Nigeria to take full advantage of the next phase of its digital transformation, it’s vital that there is a collaboration between the telecommunications industry and the government to enable the right policy environment for millions more to benefit from ultra-fast mobile broadband. If policies don’t keep pace with the needs of society and technological innovation, there is a risk that citizens will be left behind and productivity will suffer’.

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