The event, which took place at the Eko Hotels, Victoria Island, Lagos, was an assemblage of essential business stakeholders with the central objective to analyse the present point out of the sector, system the concerns, and chart new pathways to a additional efficient and sustainable regulatory routine for the steadiness and advancement of the Nigerian telecom field.
Talking at the function, Prof. Umar Danbatta, executive vice chairman and main govt officer of the NCC, claimed that the concept of the Summit: “The Upcoming of Telecom Regulation in Nigeria,” introduced a one of a kind prospect for the Commission to interact with important stakeholders.
Via these kinds of interaction, the EVC mentioned the Fee would be able to brainstorm and migrate to new frontiers of visionary restrictions that will galvanise and foster sought after expansion in the industry.
Danbatta discussed that the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic induced political and socio-financial uncertainties globally and underscored the crucial purpose of electronic connectivity in retaining societies working, as the on the internet everyday living became, fundamentally, new way of existence.
He stated that with the greater dependence on digital platforms, the topic of the function experienced grow to be needed in get to put in place a broader regulatory framework that will enhance and guard the integrity of the market in the emergent digital financial system.
In this context, the EVC stated the NCC will continue to diligently pursue the implementation of policy frameworks such as Nigeria Nationwide Broadband Program (NNBP) 2020-2025 and the Nationwide Digital Financial state Coverage and Method (NDEPS) 2020-2030 which are dependable with NCC’s regulatory interventions this sort of as the Commission’s Strategic Management Strategy (SMP), 2020-2024 and Strategic Vision Plan (SVP), 2021-2025, amongst other individuals.
Danbatta claimed all the policy and regulatory frameworks principally look for to supply a platform for Nigerian citizens to interact in impressive developments for the telecoms business and strengthen the nation’s skill to compete in the ever-aggressive international room.
Outlining additional on the transformation going on as a final result of the expanding spectrum of digital ecosystem, Danbatta said the sector is witnessing new enterprise shipping and breakthroughs owing to the enlargement of boundaries of electronic Compact and Medium Enterprises (SMEs), especially fintech and e-commerce corporations. The EVC claimed people consequential ecosystem have contributed to the development of the Nigerian digital financial system riding on telecom infrastructure.
Danbatta aptly reckoned that digital solutions and contents provided by these SMEs will leverage on broadband infrastructure and the upcoming deployment of Fifth Generation (5G) community staying driven by the Commission to produce a lot more progressive and substantial-high quality encounters to customers.
“The Commission’s successful auction and licensing of the 3.5GHz spectrum licences in the very last quarter of 2021 for the deployment of 5G know-how is established to creat numerous opportunities for the progress of the market and as a regulator, we are conversant with the reality that a dynamic regulatory ecosystem is required to maintain this sector growth”, Danbatta said.
“Therefore, it has turn into imperative for us, as essential stakeholders, to appraise the progress manufactured so significantly as an market and chart the class for the future of the telecoms industry in the nation,” he stated. The EVC also informed that a person of the sectors that experienced been positively impacted by the electronic transformation is the fiscal products and services sector.
Amplifiying the EVC’s posture, in his keynote handle titled: “The Long term of Telecom Regulation in Nigeria: Challenges of Accessibility to Funding”, Dr. Ademola Sogunle, chief govt officer of Stanbic IBTC, asserted that the telecommunications field experienced become the sustaining stimulus of the put up-pandemic era as consumers’ behaviours carry on to change to electronic tendencies. Danbatta explained that the contribution of the telecom sector proceeds to benefit the whole ecosystem.
Whilst reviewing resolutions of the initially version of the Summit held in 2019, the Director, Coverage, Competition and Economic Evaluation, NCC, Yetunde Akinloye, stated the Fee experienced implemented the recommendations of that meeting amongst which had been Executive Purchase on Duplicity of Taxes and Levies, and Harmonization of Suitable of Way (ROW) charges.
She reported other tips executed contain addressing of interconnect financial debt, assessment of the framework on interconnect clearing homes to make certain 10 for every cent of site visitors is routed via clearing homes, incentive for little operators as nicely as checking compliance with Code of Corporate Governance.
To maintain the momentum from the past industry management engagement, this year’s Summit offered the Chief Executives of organizations in the telecom sector an opportunity to satisfy the EVC and leading Management of the Commission at a roundtable for further imagining and higher reflection on the troubles in the sector and proffer significant remedies.