NCC Supports Tech Start-ups To Improve Local Content

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The Executive Vice Chairman of the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), Prof. Umar Danbatta has said the commission will visit various technology startups across the country toward improving local contents.

He made this known on Monday in Lagos during a forum on “Emerging Technologies Research and ICT Innovation” organised by the commission.

He said that the drive was in the commission’s effort to encourage technology entrepreneurship and innovation in the ICT sector.He added that “we intend to assist the various tech hubs with the right regulatory intervention to ease their operations.

“It is a fact that finding local solutions to the challenges of the industry is a key policy of the present administration.“We acknowledged that University of Lagos has been one of the prominent tertiary institutions at the forefront of technology innovation, not
only in Lagos State but in the country.

‘“Lagos State in itself has been the ‘Centre of Excellence’ in Nigeria and has the largest concentration of technology hub ecosystem in Africa.”Danbatta said that the ICT Innovation Forum became necessary to promote local content with emphasis on tech ecosystem, identifying unmet
needs and facilitate Public Private Partnership (PPP).

According to him, with the growing pressure of globalisation, every government, as well as captains of industries are charged with the burden of finding ways to ensure competitive and capable local content.

The executive vice chairman noted that it was imperative that the right framework was developed to enhance the ability of indigenous companies to maximally explore and exploit local opportunities, as well as remain globally competitive.He said “Mobile Network Operators (MNOs) have developed infrastructure to support voice services and access to data.

“However, it has become expedient for the MNOs to unlock new services and sources of value generation and revenue streams in their operations.“It has become necessary to innovate on how to access segments of the consumer wallets not presently allocated to communication by providing solutions to consumer needs in other vertical areas of education, health, government services, among others, made available through telecommunications
network infrastructure.“We have to be innovative to make different aspects of our lives work.”

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