Broadband Penetration: Ericsson Group Expresses Interest in Nigeria Market

Top management staff of Ericsson – a multinational technology and networking services and equipment company, headquartered in Stockholm, Sweden – recently paid a courtesy visit to the Nigerian Communications Commission.

The Ericsson team of Shitlesi Makkhofane, Head Government and Industry Relations of Ericsson Group; and Peter Olusoji of Ericsson Nigeria, was received on behalf of the Management of NCC by Mr. Sunday Dare the Executive Commissioner Stakeholder Management.

Makkhofane, stated that Ericsson had studied the Nigerian telecom market and had speculated that the vast potentials of the market was yet to be fully harnessed and expressed interest in the deployment of Broadband to unserved and underserved areas in Nigeria.

Team from Ericsson: Shiletsi Makhofane, Head Government and Industry Relations (Ericsson Group) and Peter Olusoji, Director Ericsson Nigeria.

The Company also said it is going to deploy the latest innovative technology to this end paying emphasis on the tripod of availability, accessibility and affordability of broadband – the leading item of NCC Management’s 8-Point Agenda.

The team said, while at the Commission’s Head Office, it will seek clarifications on licensing requirements for a couple of businesses including type approval procedure for certain equipment because of its interest in exploring the realities of the Internet of Things (IoT) and 5G networks; huge data management; as well as providing cybersecurity solutions to enable network interoperability and traceability to check the use of cloned devices that pose threat to security.

L-R: Muhammad Babajika, Deputy Director Licensing and Authorization NCC; Aliyu Ibrahim, Deputy Director Policy, Competition and Economic Analysis NCC; Quasim Odumbaku, Technical Assistant to Executive Commissioner Stakeholder Management NCC; Bako Wakil, Deputy Director Technical Standards and Network Integrity NCC and Funlola Akiode, Director Licensing and Authorization NCC


However, the Ericsson team expressed concern on dearth of Forex and its implications for the development of telecommunications infrastructure and market.

In his response, Mr. Dare expressed NCC Management’s appreciation of the team’s visit as well as its knowledge and interest in the Nigerian telecom ecosystem. He expressed delight on the issues raised by the Ericsson team and assured the team that the NCC will continue to do what is right to attract FDI for the development and growth of the telecom industry in Nigeria.

Mr. Dare promised to convey the interests and concerns of the team to the EVC/CEO of the Commission, Prof. Umar Danbatta for Management’s consideration and necessary action.

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