Etisalat Nigeria has called for standardisation of the Information and Communications Technology (ICT) industry, in order to achieve great economies of scale.
The company’s Director of Regulatory and Government Affairs, Mr. Ibrahim Dikko, who made the appeal at a recent technology forum organised by the Commonwealth Telecommunications Organisation (CTO), in collaboration with the Federal Ministry of Communication Technology and co-sponsored by Etisalat, also sought for cooperation among industry stakeholders in order to achieve such standardisation in the industry.
Dikko called on the CTO and the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) to help the industry by setting the right kind of standards.
He said broadband was indeed as a game changer in the ICT industry, and called for broadband policy implementation in every country. He commended the Federal Government and the Ministry of Communications Technology for the approval of the country’s national broadband policy.
Knowledge-share, as an enabler for broadband deployment, was also acknowledged as a key tool to drive the implementation of laws and regulation in each Commonwealth country.
Speaking further, Dikko stated the need for partnerships, which he said will drive new laws and regulations regionally and spur the overall development of the ICT industry. “Partnerships within the industry can be more effective if operators place customers at the fore of these discussions and strive to influence regulations or policies that will increase broadband availability and accessibility,” Dikko said.
He disclosed that Etisalat had always focused on customer-centricity to endear itself to its subscribers in Nigeria. “The level of growth we have experienced at Etisalat is traceable to our customer-centric and innovative approach to business,” he said.
Minister for Communication Technology, Mrs. Omobola Johnson, in her speech, observed that global internet penetration rates have continued to increase, with almost 40 per cent of the world’s population now online. She noted, however, that the number is fewer in developing countries than in more industrialised ones. She expressed the government’s delight to have hosted this year’s CTO Forum and Council meeting as one of the priorities of the forum was to assess the different stages of broadband development and discover best practice strategies for moving forward.
The one-week forum with the theme, ‘Innovation Through Broadband’ served as a hub of communication technology experts from Nigeria, other commonwealth African nations as well as their international counterparts, who deliberated on critical issues bordering on the deployment of a broadband strategy and policy for Nigeria.