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NCC Reaffirms Commitment to Bridging Broadband Infrastructure Gap



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The Nigeria Communications Commission (NCC) has reaffirmed commitment to bridge the gap between existing and planned fibre infrastructure to increase broadband penetration in the country.


Prof Umar Garba Danbatta, Executive Vice Chairman (EVC) Nigeria Communications Commission (NCC) stated this at the 10th edition of eWorld Forum, held in Lagos.


The conference organized by Ajomedia Limited was themed: ‘Roadmap to Broadband Everywhere’.


Danbatta who was represented by Oluwatoyin Asaju, Director, Spectrum Administration, Nigeria Communications Commission (NCC) said that they have set up strategy to ensure access to pervasive Broadband through an Open Access Model in line with National Broadband Plan.


He noted that this is in line with the commission’s continued doggedness in ensuring that the lacuna between the existing and planned fibtre infrastructure in Nigeria is narrowed.


He added that the deployment of Optic Fibre transmission network was adopted in the “Open Access Model” so as to bridge the current digital gap and deliver fast and reliable broadband services to households and businesses.


He stated that adequate broadband has been globally acknowledged as the foundation for transformation to a knowledge-based economy.


According to him, “The World Bank has found that a 10 % increase in broadband penetration in developing countries results in a commensurable increase of 1.38% in GDP.


“It has also been proven that for every 10% increase in Broadband penetration, a commensurate increase in employment of 2-3% is achieved. Productivity also increases to between 5-10% with a 10% increase in BB penetration.


“So it is almost impossible to equate any other modern technological tool with Broadband, because of its inherent potential to address issues relating to sustainable development and simultaneously facilitate socio-economic development, while instigating transformative change in all the sectors of the economy.”


Danbatta stated that the establishment of Broadband Implementation & Monitoring Committee (BIMC) was to drive the broadband infrastructure licensing and deployment.


He said that the licensing of the six Infracos was to ensure that they provide IP fiber Optic capacity, to all the 774 LGAs of the federation on an open access, price regulated basis, with a 10 Gbps Point of Access (PoA) capacity in each local government of the federation.


He revealed that broadband can reduce poverty and inequality, help ensure access to health and education, help to mitigate climate change, promote peace and international cooperation, and ensure sustainable development in the decades to come.


He called on government at all levels to curtail the issues of multiple taxation and regulation right of way issues as well as timely and simplified approval processes for site acquisition and harmonized right of way charges in the industry.


This according to him, will enhance the spread of Broadband to the unserved and underserved areas of Nigeria, because if you build an efficient Broadband network everything else will follow.


Aaron Ukodie, Managing director Ajomedia and Publisher eWorldNews, speaking earlier at the conference said that the time is now for us to start setting a new digital agenda, which will lead to achieving a digital revolution.


According to him, to achieve the revolution, the regulator has to focus more on enabling the players and making the environment more investment-friendly.


“The licensed infracos are encouraged to give access to all parts of the country, and this will give them free hands to deploy technology, as new technologies are emerging.


“Nigeria should begin to think about these new technologies, 5G, and how we are going to be able to achieve the digital revolution,” he said.


He stated that for us to achieve this desired revolution, consented effort should be made by the regulator to provide enabling environment for players in the industry to thrive.


Ukodie noted that the environment should be more investment-friendly than it is now, if we must reach the underserved and the unserved people across the country.






Ugo Onwuaso is an ICT enthusiast. He believes technology should be used for general good. He holds a Master of Public Administration (MPA) degree from the Lagos state University.

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Stay Clear of Our Masts, ATCON Warns NCAA



Olusola Teniola, president of ATCON
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Association of Telecommunications Companies of Nigeria (ATCON) has urged the federal government to restraint Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) which is threatening to demolish telecommunication masts in different locations across the country.


ATCON said that telecommunications services would be adversely affected if NCAA carries out its threat.


NCAA had earlier in the week said it will demolish telecommunication masts in different locations across the country with immediate effect.


The NCAA had said the demolition exercise would similarly affect some banks and financial institutions that had discountenanced its regulatory requirements on the clearance to erect any high structure within navigable airspace in the country.


Mr Sam Adurogboye, general manager, Public Relations, NCCA, had said, “A total of 8,805 masts belonging to the aforementioned organisations will be decommissioned forthwith. The NCAA wishes to reiterate that it will continue to apply requisite sanctions for violation of extant regulations, especially, where the resolve of the authority is tested.”


This came after the NCAA in April had warned all Global System for Mobile Communications providers and telecom operators against the violation of safety regulations, with a 30-day ultimatum handed down for compliance.


But Olusola Teniola, president of ATCON, condemned the move to destroy the towers, saying the Federal Government would rebuild them.


Teniola said, “We are disappointed that the government is still involved in the destruction of much-needed infrastructure that provides services for those communities that will be impacted by the stance that the NCAA has made.


“We have said in the past, and in support of the Association of Licensed Telecommunications Operators of Nigeria, that those base stations and towers that are destroyed would not be rebuilt. We expect the government to now rebuild what they have destroyed.”



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Workz Group to Deliver 50m eSims by 2024



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Workz Group, Mobile and IoT solutions provider, has announced a long-term partnership with the manufacturer of mobile IoT modules to deliver a projected 50 million embedded SIMs (eSIMs) by 2024.


The deal sees Workz provide secure data generation, management and personalisation for eSIM chips to be deployed globally by the cellular module leader for use in machine-to-machine (M2M) devices.


Workz, which offers eSIM technology and cloud management platforms to device manufacturers, network operators, technology enablers and governments, was recognised in an industry report by BIS Research earlier this year as a key player in the eSIM market.


Workz is the only GSMA-certified manufacturer of eSIM technology (EUM) in the Middle East and Africa.


The certification guarantees the secure management of data both physically and virtually during production and personalisation of eSIMs.


Personalisation refers to the upload of the SIM’s unique information to its smart chip.


Workz is one of only six providers in the world to carry such accreditation and possesses two certified facilities located in Dubai and Bosnia and Herzegovina.

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VDT communications Launches 4G LTE Advanced services



L-R: Mr. Adewale Akinade, Head, Finance & Account; Mrs. Bimbo Ikumariegbe, Deputy Managing Director; Mr. Abiodun Omoniyi, Managing Director/CEO; Mr. Victor Omoyeni and Mr. Dan Adah, Head, Corporate & Retail Sales all of VDT Communications during the Media Launch of the VDT 4G LTE Advanced Data Service in Lagos.
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VDT communications, a leading broadband communications service provider has launched its retail data network – 4G LTE Advanced service into the market.


The product themed:”Live the life” is aimed at bridging the dearth and poor quality network gap being witnessed in the market today.


Engr. Abiodun Omoniyi, Managing Director/CEO, VDT Communications Limited, Speaking at the media launch, said that their decision of launching 4G LTE service is to bridge the gaps that exist in the market due to poor quality networks, poor customer service and inadequate support service.

L-R: Abimbola Ikumariegbe, Deputy Managing Director/Chief Operating Officer, VDT Communications Limited, Engr. Abiodun Omoniyi, Managing Director/CEO, VDT Communications Limited and Engr.Victor Omoyeni, Chief Technology Officer the Media Launch of the VDT 4G LTE Advanced Data Service in Lagos.


He noted that with VDT’s 4G LTE Advanced Data Service all these yawning gaps will be filled with superior network quality, top-notch network performance and proactive customer and support services.


He explained that the opportunity to actualize this dream came with the successful acquisition of a broad channel 2.3GHz Spectrum from the Federal Government through Bitflux Communications Limited; a consortium which VDT is the principal partner.


According to him, “VDT LTE is leveraging on the Bitflux network it painstakingly and deliberately built from the scratch to provide premium quality 4Gbroadband experience in the country.


“So our ultimate goal is to offer members of the public an exceptional broadband experience every time they use our network.

Home CPE on display during the launch


“Thus, enhancing all aspects of their lives qualitatively and quantitatively; helping them to achieve more and truly live the life they are meant to!”


Omoniyi said that based on the huge acceptance and patronage the product received during the pre-launch test period, they intend to deploy the first phase in Lagos state where they have 80% network coverage, with hope of covering the remaining 20% in no distance time.


He added that they plan to deploy this product to four other leading cities in the key economic zones of Nigeria and the rest of the country in phases.

VDT’s Mobile Mifi Devices


According to him, “our official service launch is scheduled to take place early next month in Lagos.


“With the huge acceptance and patronage we received during the pre-launch test period with about 80% network coverage of Lagos State, VDT LTE would expand strategically to cover the entire Lagos State and other leading cities in the key economic zones of Nigeria and the rest of the country in phases.


“Our products range includes home CPE and mobile mifi devices at highly attractive rates.


“These we offer with free 30GB of data. We also offer the most attractive free night browsing [8pm to 7am] plan available in the industry.


“Furthermore, we still offer a free power bank[depending on the home CPE purchased]. Our data plans also come in highly affordable rates; as low as N3,500 and unlimited internet data plan at low prices.”

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