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TechEconomy.ng receives Enextgen's support on Broadband RoundTable' series
TechEconomy.ng has started a “Broadband RoundTable” Thought Leadership Series; an all-inclusive opportunity for the telecoms Subscribers/Consumer, Service Providers, Investors and the Regulator to bare their minds with regard broadband infrastructure deployment in the country. Enextgen Wireless is also supporting the Thought Leadership Series, which is open to telecom industry stakeholder to make factual submissions (thought leadership piece) […]
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TechEconomy.ng has started a “BroadbandRoundTable” Thought Leadership Series; an all-inclusive opportunity forthe telecoms Subscribers/Consumer, Service Providers, Investors and theRegulator to bare their minds with regard broadband infrastructure deploymentin the country.
Enextgen Wireless is alsosupporting the Thought Leadership Series, which is open to telecom industrystakeholder to make factual submissions (thought leadership piece) aimed atproffering solutions to identified challenges in the industry.
Why are we doing this?Speaking on the rationale behind the initiative, the Editor of TechEconomy.ng,Peter Oluka, said that broadband infrastructure is no longer a“nice-to-have” amenity for Nigerian cities rather an essential need.
Broadband access and adoption, he said, will help promote economicdevelopment and social equity while enabling public health (telemedicine),public safety (like smart transport), educational opportunities for Nigeriansaround the country, among other enormous gains.
In his words: Talking about infrastructure, 5G telecommunications technologyis coming (almost here) and will change the landscape.
The 5G (Fifth generation) wireless is the next mobile technology standard,based on the 3GPP Release 15 mobile wireless networkingstandard, that will be succeeding the current 4G/LTE technology.
5G is already being deployed in countries such as the United States, UnitedKingdom, China, etc. Its large-scale deployment is expected to startin 2020.
By 2021, the number of 5G connections is forecast to reach a figure ofbetween 20 million and 100 million. Some estimates put the figure at 200million. Spending on 5G mobile infrastructure for that same year is forecast tobe at around 2.3 billion U.S. dollars.
5G technology and related interoperability,government, access and security standards are all in a process of developmentacross geographies, companies and standard-setting bodies.
Presently, in Nigeria the telcos are faced with multifaceted challenges asthey deploy 4G! The government through the industry regulator NigerianCommunications Commission (NCC) has introduced a number of initiatives toensure the all-important infrastructure is deployed, but the challenges keepincreasing. So, we would like a situation where the regulator and the operatorspresent the cases to the public who will in-turn suggest how best to get thesethings done. Technological development is not waiting for us.
We have read about cases where States and LGAs are making life miserablefor these operators. What can be done?
The Regulator – NigerianCommunications Commission has received a lot of accolades for herinterventional role to ensure some of these issues are removed for smoothdeployment of services. Infact, the NCC has developed some policy interventionsto speedy deployment of services, especially in the rural areas through theUSPFund, InfraCo model, meetings with the Nigerian Governors’ Forum, StateVisits, Stakeholders engagement, etc. But, how long will it take to solve theproblems? Will 4G ever be deployed across Nigeria? Why would the ‘Government’grant NCC the powers to regulate the sector and at the same time, subtlychallenge her authority over some jurisdictions like we have seen cases wheresister agencies tend to usurp NCC's authorities? What is the way forward?
So, Broadband RoundTable' will beissue based and everybody is welcome for constructive engagement', Oluka added.
Speaking on why Enextgen Wireless is supporting the Thought LeadershipSeries, the CEO, Engineer Remi Adeyeye, said, The issues are numerous. TheOperators are nearly paying with their blood to keep the Cell Sites up andrunning.
On the other hand, what is the quality of the service (QoS) of the alreadydeployed services? The consumer wants to know!
So, we believe that Broadband RoundTable' will be one of its kind, because everybodywould have a say in a respectful manner’ and let’s have a common ground toagree and move this sector forward .