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MWC 2017: Huawei to Unleash Solutions for Telecos in ‘Video is King’ Era

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Huawei held a pre-MWC 2017 briefing in London on Thursday, during which Huawei Carrier BG President Zou Zhilei noted that a Better Connected World is fast approaching.

He emphasized that Huawei is committed to becoming a partner of operators and an enabler for their digital transformation and business success so as to jointly achieve value-driven growth.

“By 2025 there will be 100 billion connections globally, 85% of all enterprise applications will move to the cloud, 100% enterprises will use cloud services, and the penetration rate of industrial intelligence will exceed 20%. In a Better Connected World, industries going digital will create limitless opportunities, and how far industries will go in this process is beyond our imagination,” said Zou.

According to Zou, the strategy of global telecom operators is changing from being “investment-driven” to being “value-driven”. They pay more attention to end user experience and services, and creating more value for end users based on competitive advantages. Huawei is committed to helping operators achieve new growth, realize better return on investment, and improve operating efficiency.

“Huawei will team up with operators to embark on the value-driven ‘Roads’ to new growth,” said Ken Wang, Global Marketing and Solution Sales President at Huawei Carrier BG.

As Ken remarked, operators will enter an era where ‘Video is King”, and vertical industries going digital will create a trillion-dollar market for operators.

Video will become a basic service of operators, and video services for entertainment, communications, and industry will grow rapidly.

Huawei said it is committed to providing end-to-end business solutions and exploring new business models. The company hopes to achieve new growth with operators in the video era. In addition, Huawei will support operators in helping vertical industries go digital and offer cloud services to enterprise and government customers relating to computing, storage, networking, IoT, and video. The aim is to enable operators to expand their markets and boost profits.

Ken also noted that there are more than 400 operators around the world with network assets worth trillions of US dollars. Huawei will partner with customers to maximize network value and work on legacy assets to increase revenue and improve network efficiency. This will be achieved by identifying high-value customers, expanding high-value services, and building high-value networks.

Ken reiterated that Huawei is committed to developing All Cloud solutions to enable digital transformation and business success for operators. Huawei will continue to advance its All Cloud strategy through pooled hardware resources, distributed software architecture, and fully automated operations. During the MWC 2017, Huawei will unveil several All Cloud solutions, including CloudAir/CloudRAN, CloudFAN, CloudMetro and CloudEPN solutions. With these solutions, Huawei aims to help operators deliver end users a Real-time, On-demand, All-online, DIY, and Social (ROADS) experience.

He explained that Huawei’s persistent effort across almost 30 years and its investment in technological breakthroughs have made the company a leading global ICT solutions provider. Huawei is pleased to work with partners to build business alliances, industry alliances, open source communities, and developer ecosystems. By working with these partners, Huawei hopes to nurture a robust, open, and collaborative ecosystem that brings shared success.

The Mobile World Congress 2017 will be held in Barcelona from February 27 to March 2. At the MWC, Huawei will give keynote speeches, host forums, and engage in other activities under the theme of “Open Roads to a Better Connected World—Roads to New Growth”.

The company is looking to discuss with industry players how to unlock new growth driven by value.

During the MWC event, Huawei will also showcase its latest products and solutions and, together with partners, provide demonstrations in multiple scenarios.

 

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NCC: US Delegation‎ Visits Commission, Lauds Regulatory Strides

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(L-R): Prof. Umar Garba Danbatta, Executive Vice Chairman, NCC; Rachel Atwood Mendiola, Manager, U.S Embassy; Engr. Ubale Ahmed Maska, Executive Commissioner, Technical Services, NCC; Mudari Aliyu Dura

 

Nigerian Communications Commission NCC, Thursday, received a delegation from the United States Embassy in Abuja,

The team, led by Rachel Atwood Mendiola, Fraud Prevention Manager, United States Embassy, was received by the Commission’s Executive Vice Chairman and Chief Executive, Prof. Umar Danbatta and other top Management staff of the Commission.

The delegation was at the Nigerian Communications Commission’s Head Office to gain insight into the workings of the Commission and to commend NCC’s Management for its regulatory strides in sustaining the growth of the telecommunication industry in Nigeria.

 

Prof.Danbatta while addressing the delegation, recalled to the admiration of his guests some of the Commission’s efforts in ensuring effective regulation of the telecoms sector and providing an enabling environment for telecoms services to flourish, exponentially attributing the Commission’s successes to the faith reposed on it by the consumers and their unflinching loyalty.

 

And that is, the reason the Commission commits itself irrevocably to protecting the interest of consumers and all stakeholders in the industry.

He told his guests that, “NCC continues to be a strategic member and active participant in the activities of many bodies including the International Telecommunications Union (ITU), African Telecommunications Union (ATU), and the West Africa Telecommunication Regulators Assembly (WATRA).”

To demonstrate the resilience of the telecommunication sector even in the face of challenging economic climate, Danbatta stayed that the sector contributed about 9.5% to Nigeria’s Gross Domestic Product in the second quarter of 2017 and credited the Nigerian telecom consumers with the successes recorded because of their patronage.

The EVC/CEO of NCC said it is the faith the consumers have demonstrated in the sector that made the Management of the Commission to declare the 2017 as the Year of the Telecom Consumer to celebrate the primacy of the consumer and to rededicate itself to addressing the challenges of the consumer.

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NCC Ignores Telcos, Says No to OTT Regulation

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Prof Umar Garuba Danbatta, NCC’s executive vice chairman

Nigerian Communications Commission [NCC] has said it can’t regulate Over The Top Technology [OTT] for now, refusing the telecom operators’ call that the technology be regulated in the country.

 

OTT operators are firms like Facebook, WhatsApp, 2go, Instagram and others who ride on social media to reach their audience.

 

Prof Umar Garuba Danbatta, NCC’s executive vice chairman disclosed this Thursday when a delegation from the United States [US] embassy paid a working visit to the commission’s headquarters in Abuja.

 

‘’ The operators are saying we should do something about the OTT. That the OTT is riding on their infrastructure to make money and all other. But it will be very difficult to regulate OTT,” Prof Danbatta said.

 

According to him, though NCC understands the operators’ plight ‘’ the truth is that there is nothing we can do for now’’.

 

The NCC EVC, said he had interacted with head of telecom industry’s regulatory agencies in US and some other advanced economies and he was indirectly told that OTT couldn’t be regulated for now.

 

He also said NCC couldn’t regulate content in the social media as this falls within the jurisdiction of its sister regulatory agency, the National Broadcasting Commission [NBC].

 

He also told the US embassy delegation which was led by Rachael Atwood Mendiola to convince US investors to come and invest in Nigeria’s telecom industry as this is the best time to stake their money in the country.

 

‘’We want investors to come and invest in telecoms infrastructure across the country. I believe they will make their money in no time. Our investment environment is becoming friendlier, our security has improved greatly and the Federal Government had promised some number of incentives for would-be investors.

 

‘’ Plus we still have access gap. We still have about 200 locations across the country yet to have telecom services. This has cut off about 40million people, including people in my local government in Kano. So, investors can come in and take this opportunities.’’, he said.

 

But he said the NCC was working to see the access gaps blocked in the next two years.

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Nigeria to Increase Mobile Broadband Subscriptions to 50% by 2020

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Nigeria has disclosed plans to increasing the current coverage of the active mobile broadband subscription per 100 from 20.95 per cent to 50 per cent by 2020.

This was disclosed by Mr Bolaji Akinremi, minister plenipotentiary, Permanent Mission of Nigeria to the UN, while delivering Nigeria’s statement on ‘Information and Communications Technologies for Development’ at the UN General Assembly’s debate in New York.

Active mobile broadband subscription is the number of subscriptions to mobile cellular networks with access to data communications – like the Internet – at broadband downstream speeds of 256 kilobit per second.

Nigeria’s mobile broadband subscriptions per 100 inhabitants increased from 1.0 inhabitant in 2012 to 11.7 inhabitants in 2016.

Akinremi said Nigeria recognised the direct impact of Information and Communications Technologies (ICT) on the wellbeing of Nigerians.

“The Government of Nigeria recognises the reality that Information and Communications Technologies has direct impact on the nation’s ability to improve the economic wellbeing of its people.

“The Government of Nigeria is committed to facilitating universal availability and cost-effective access to communications infrastructure and promoting utilisation of ICT in all spheres of life.

“Nigeria is committed to achieving cutting-edge global ICT standards, encourage rapid ICT penetration among all socio-economic levels.

“The Government of Nigeria is also committed to increasing the current coverage of the active mobile broadband subscription per 100 from 20.95 per cent to 50 per cent by 2020.

“Nigeria is committed to promoting and encouraging local production of ICT hard and software so as to reduce import dependence and generate foreign exchange by exporting to the regional and continental markets”.

He said that involving developing countries in the ICT revolution would bridge the wide gap of access to information among people.

According to him, if the information gap keeps widening, the possibility of attaining sustainable development by 2030 is not certain.

“It is in this vein that Nigeria further calls on Member States to consider giving Information and Communications Technologies a pride of place in the education curriculum. By so doing, they will undoubted bridge the digital divide,” Akinremi added.

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