By Emmanuel Elebeke & Gold Temitayo
The Executive Vice Chairman of the Nigerian Communications Commission, NCC, Prof. Umar Danbatta has challenged the academia in the country to focus their research studies on the impact of various practices and issues peculiar to the Nigerian operating environment.
In doing so, he also charged them to pay more attention on the operational efficiency and service delivery capability and performance by telecommunication industry players to subscribers.
The EVC gave the challenge on Wednesday at a two-day Roundtable organized by the Commission with the Academia, Industry and other Stakeholders at the Centre for gender Studies, Bayero University, Kano from 24-25th October, 2018.
Prof. Dambatta noted that such specific studies will surely be an interest read seeing the new insights such studies may provide, stating that the telecom industry has enormous potentials for enabling environmental, social and economic benefits through broadband connectivity.
‘‘Academia is challenged to study the impact of various practices and issues peculiar to the Nigerian operating environment on the operational efficiency and service delivery capability and performance by telecommunication industry players to subscribers.
‘‘It will surely be an interest read to see the new insights this may provide. The telecom industry has enormous potentials for enabling environmental, social and economic benefits through broadband connectivity.
‘‘As it continues to experience exponential traffic growth, network energy consumption is emerging as critical issues. In the last two decades, telecom has emerged as a key driver of economic and social development in an increasing knowledge intensive global scenario.
‘‘To sustain the standard of living of an ever increasing Nigerian population, a strategy for continual development in telecommunication technology needs to be attention and timely research in that area be conducted by the academia that will result in minimal impact on the environment.
‘‘Information and telecom technology can bring about social benefits as well as economic sustainable technological development should not occur exclusively by means of efforts developed in laboratories or publications of papers.
‘‘We need to collaborate, with an emphasis on determination, on development of prototypes that meet the standards required by the industry,’’ he added.
Speaking on the theme: Synergy by Academia, Industry and Regulator as Accelerator for Innovation, Industry Growth and Sustainability, the Executive Vice Chairman of the Commission, Prof. Umar Danbatta, who was represented by the Executive Commissioner, Technical Services, Engr. Ubale Maska the advancement of technology across several spheres of human endeavor has created new industries, opportunities, new knowledge areas and challenges.
This he said has increased the speed at which alignment between the different stakeholders in the economy needs to take place to ensure no aspect of our development is left lagging.
‘‘In the fast-growing technology system the need for regulators to raise their game to ensure regulations are relevant to existing realities is pertinent. This will ensure that the maximum benefit in innovation can be harnessed, and potential risks mitigated on the timely basis.
‘‘ The academia is the key driver of innovation in all spheres of human endeavour. But in a specific terms, the ideas, innovations and improvements that emanate from the academia are required by the industry for improved efficiencies and productivity.
‘‘With this in mind, the regulator has a critical component of any ecosystem aims to ensure all stakeholders are protected and industry nurtured or maximum benefit to business and society.’’
The Executive Commissioner, Technical Services, Engr. Ubale Maska, who was represented by the head, Research and Development, Mr. Bashir Idris said the event which was the first of its kind started out as a forum to be held annually in order to bring together all stakeholders to the table and discuss matters that affect the telecom sector.
He said the whole idea was aimed at promoting synergy between the academia and the industry.