By Temmy Don
You may not know why the Nigerian Communications Commission, NCC had to quickly put up a committee to spearhead research proposal for 2020 Telecom service provision.
But Mobileswagg will tell you now, because we always like to get to the root of every development.
Reliable sources at the Commission said the regulator has started noticing a dwindling quality in service provision, and since it is mainly pro consumers, decided to help both service providers and consumers to a result oriented way of relating with each other.
In that case, only empirical study can suffice. And, to get accurate and empirical study, the universities and their dons are the best bet.
L-R: Olusola Teniola, President, Association of Telecommunications Companies of Nigeria; Dr. Fumilayo Morebise, Director, Research Planning and Administration, National Universities Commission; Prof. Umar Danbatta, Executive Vice Chairman/CEO, Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC); Dr. Henry Nkemadu, Director, Research and Development, NCC; Dr. Fatima Umar, Deputy Director, National Board for Technical Education; Prof. Mu’azu Bashir, Chairman, Telecommunications-Based Research Evaluation Committee, during the inauguration of the Evaluation Committee for the 2020 Telecommunications-based research innovation from academics in Nigerian tertiary institutions in Abuja recently.[/caption]So, the Commission, after due considerations, inaugurated a 15-member Evaluation Committee for the assessment of the 2020 Telecommunications based research.
The Committee, is headed by Prof. Mu’azu Bashir, a professor of Computer and Control Engineering and Head of Computer Engineering Department at Ahmadu Bello University.
Inaugurating the Committee, at the Commission’s Head Office in Abuja, the Executive Vice Chairman of the Commission, Prof. Umar Danbatta said that the initiative speaks to the Commission’s commitment towards encouraging the development of indigenous, innovative solutions that impact not only the Telecom industry/ICT sector positively but also the nation as a whole.
He said: “We want to continuously support research projects that can lead to the development of new products and services in the industry as the key enabler of the nation’s digital economy.
“We are all aware of the appreciable contributions of the Nigerian Telecommunication sector to the growth of our GDP (Gross Domestic Product) over the years, which peaked at 14.53 per cent in second quarter of 2020.
‘‘The Commission understands that funding Research and Development (R&D) is fundamental to ensuring that the needs of consumers are properly anticipated and met while enabling sustainable economic growth.
“It is in n the same vein as the Digital Economy-based Research Innovations project, underlines the importance of funding R&D,” he added.
According to the EVC, for the year 2020, the request for proposals was tailored to providing innovations and solving challenges in five emerging areas of technology.
These include innovative clean energy technology; 5G deployment in Nigeria; Internet of Things (IoT), low power Wide Area Network (WAN) technology; advanced methods of Quality of Service (QoS) and Quality of Experience (QoE) management and test mechanism as well as monitoring and localisation of drones.
While emphasising the importance of telecommunication/ICT industry to innovative developments and transformations within the economy, Danbatta tasked members of the Committee to thoroughly evaluate all submissions in order to sieve, identify and select the best from the proposals submitted.
He said: “Members of this Committee have been carefully selected from the Academia, related government institutions and the industry based on their pedigree. I have no doubt in my mind that you will carry out the assignment to the highest acceptable standards.”
The Committee is expected to carry out the assignment and submit its report within four (4) weeks from the day of inauguration.