Internet of Things, broadband dominate discourse as global telecom buffs gather in Busan, South Korea
Nigeria this Monday joins the global telecom community as the ITU Telecom World 2017 kicks off in Busan, South Korea. The event is organized by the International Telecommunications Union, ITU, as it is being attended by global industry leaders in telecom, regulators, ministers in charge of communication and digital economy, equipment manufacturers and vendors among other. It is usually al gathering of global media with specialization in ICT reporting.
Nigeria has a strong representation at the event. The country’s robust telecommunications regulatory environment, guarantee of Returns On Investment (ROI) and investors renewed confidence in the fast growing sector will form part of the country’s narrative at the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) Telecom World 2017.
The evebt will run from September 25 – 28, 2017
Since 2001 when Digital Mobile Licences (DML), were issued by Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), the country has witnessed multiplier effects in social and economic development.
Telecommunications services are now available to everyone unlike the pre-GSM era when only 500,000 lines were available to a population of nearly 90millionm from an investment profile of about $50m. Teledensity was about 0.01 percent. Internet connectivity was a nightmare. But the story has since changed.
There are over 150million active subscribers now. Internet connections are over 90m, Teledensity is well over 100 percent. There is over $80b invested in the sector so far with over 70% of it as Foreign Direct Investment (FDI).
So as Nigeria’s delegation berths in Busan, South Korea, the narrative will be endearing as the country beckons on more investors especially in broadband internet.
Existing and potential investors will want to hear the cherry news of a robust regulatory agency, the NCC, which has carried out its regulatory functions in line with global best practices, stakeholders’ engagement, among others.
Minister of Communications, Barrister Abdulraheem Adebayo Shittu, will lead the country’s delegation which will include the Chairman of the Board of Commissioners of NCC, Senator Olabiyi Durojaiye; Chief regulator and Executive Vice Chairman (EVC) of NCC, Prof. Umar Garba Danbatta; key industry leaders and players among others.
The ITU Telecom World 2017 is a global platform for major industry players, Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs), Countries and Organisations to network and share ideas about new developments and technologies that would lead to better connected societies.
It is an event for International visibility of innovative Information and Communications Technology (ICT), Products/Services and solutions from around the World.
In general terms, it involves high level debates on the core issues affecting ICT industry, sharing knowledge and working for sustainable development.
Although Nigeria has had a very robust telecommunications sector with active connected subscribers in the region of 150million and about 110percent teledensity, the NCC believes that more efforts should be deployed to deepen broadband penetration.
By the National Broadband Plan, NBP (2013 – 2018) the country is expected to attain 30% broadband penetration by 2018, which currently stands at 21%.
Nigeria will host an investment forum at ITU Telecom World 2017 and Broadband Nigeria will be at the focus of discussions.
photo: Flashback: Mrs Mariam Bayi with other panellits at ITU Budapest, Hungary 2015