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Telecom: Nigeria toes the right path
– Adebayo

General Manager of the VGC Communications Limited, Mr. Gbenga Adegbayo, has declared that Nigeria is on the right path of development given the kind of evolution it witnessed through telecommunications in the last six years.

Mr. Adebayo, who spoke at the media presentation of his book, "Telecom in Nigeria, a role in the call" at the Association of Licensed Telecom Companies of Nigeria (ALTON) secretariat, Onikan-Lagos, said, "Nigeria, has been rated the fastest growing telecom industry even by the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), so we’re on the right path."

This is coming as two universities, Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife and Lagos State University (LASU), in addition to the Digital Bridge Institute (DBI), Abuja would benefit from the proceeds from the book sells.

He said that the book was an inspiration based on the belief that the future is bright for all Nigerians, just as he urged that citizens should imbibe the culture of reading, saying, "it is very good and good for the future of the nation and particularly for the coming generation."

According to him, it is not an easy feat for the nation to have transformed her landscape from 500,000 in 1999 to over 25 million lines within five years.

Emphasising that today, many Nigerians have become empowered by telecommunications revolution and mobile phones, which was hitherto regarded as elitist due to prohibitive cost of ownership.

"Now it has become the primary means of reaching an increasing number of Nigerians," he asserted.

The book, he said, was derived from the clarion call for collective effort in the development of social services and economic infrastructure in the country and borne out of the passion for the success of the all-important telecom sector of the nation’s economy.

Mr. Adebayo stressed that the book provides a brief overview of the development of telecommunications industry in the country from the pre-deregulation to events after deregulation as well as the challenges associated with service provision, development and maintenance of networks as well as associated infrastructure.

"It attempts in eight chapters of 156 pages including picture illustrations, to provide an overview of the industry, and its development, the gains, and challenges which led in part to the achievement that transformed the landscape to over 20 million lines within six years," he affirmed.

The forward, he said, was written by the chief executive, Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), Dr. Ernest Ndukwe, while a goodwill message was also written by the immediate past Communications Minister, Chief Cornelius Adebayo.

On why the book billed for launch on October 30, this year in Lagos, was published in the United Kingdom, Mr. Adebayo explained that he wanted to ensure it receives an international flavour and was not due to lack of expertise from Nigerians.

The publishers and printers, Alden Group UK, he said, was founded in Oxford since 1832 and is one of the UK’s leading printers and even recognised as ‘Investor in People’ and nominated printer for the prestigious Oxford University Press.

He also announced that proceeds from the book sells would be donated to the best graduating student in the Electronic Engineering with focus on telecommunications in two tertiary institutions in the country, namely the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife and Lagos State University, LASU, as well as encourage training in fibre optic network infrastructure at the Digital Bridge Institute (DBI), Abuja.

As said by him, the proceeds would be used to sponsor an annual award for a consecutive period of five years for the best graduating student in telecommunications in the aforementioned universities, while a grant would be set aside for the best function specific trainee in fibre optic network infrastructure at DBI also for five years.

The seasoned telecom engineer, also said that nobody would build Nigeria except her citizens, just as he enjoined stakeholders to join hands to keep the pace of development attained in the last half a decade going.

"Once there is a will, there is a hope and then, there is a way," he concluded.


 

Telecom, a Call For National Development – Adebayo
By Efem Nkanga, 08.31.2006
THISDAY Newspaper

Gbenga Adebayo, a Telecommunications Engineer and the first Nigerian General Manager of VGC Communications Limited who has written a book on telecommunications in Nigeria, has said that the development of the telecoms sector will boost the economy of Nigeria, encourage massive employment in addition to enhancing social services and infrastructural development.
Adebayo in a chat with THISDAY said that the book is a product of his passion for the success of the crucial telecom sector of the Nigeria economy.
Mr. Adebayo stated that it is crucial for the challenges, triumphs and history of the Nigerian telecommunications sector which with good reason has been rated as one of the fastest growing telecommunication industries in the world to be documented for posterity. He stated that ''Telecommunications is an important part of the infrastructure required for a developed society and economy, with access to information becoming very vital and contributing significantly to national economic growth and social development.''
Mr Adebayo who commended the Federal Government of Nigeria for keeping faith with its policy of creating the necessary enabling environment to foster the growth of the Nation's telecommunications networks, both in terms of access and penetration, stated that the Federal Government's policy of opening the market to competition and attracting investors has led to the increase in the number of telephone subscribers by over twenty (20) million lines within a period of five years.
Commenting on the Five years of GSM In Nigeria, Adebayo stated that an unprecedented number of Nigerians have been empowered by telecommunications revolution and the mobile phone, which was hitherto an exclusive preserve of the elite in the society due to prohibitive high cost.
He stated that it was commendable that the GSM has now become the primary means of reaching an increasing number of Nigerians.
The book provides a brief overview of the development of Nigeria telecommunications industry from the pre-deregulation to event after deregulation as well as the challenges associated with service provision, development and maintenance of networks and associated infrastructures.
It attempts in eight chapters of approximately 180 pages, to give an overview of the industry, and its development, the gains and challenges which led in part to the achievement that transformed the landscape from 500,000 to more than 20 million lines within six years.
The first Chapter is about Nigeria; a country of possibilities, Nigerians; a Happy people, a people of Unity and Faith, highly resilient and courageous, a determined people, who celebrates culture in diversity; One nation, One people, one love and with one choice- Nigeria.
It further gave an overview about the Nigerian Communications Commission, and the success in the areas of licensing, implementation of license conditions and provision of enabling environment for operating companies which account for the rapid progress in the industry.
It further discusses the challenges in the market place, barrier to market entry, and market opportunities, and the evolution of the industry, adoption of a common signalling protocol and the initial problems associated with interconnectivity and transmission resources, as well as challenges posed by incumbent National operator to accommodate new entrants.
Other Chapters are about starting a new telecommunications company in Nigeria, from licensing to selection of equipment vendors, approvals and certification as well as environmental challenges often faced by operating companies in the area of power supplies and security of equipment and personnel amongst others, and day to day operational challenges such as complexity of approvals for right-of-use on exiting public infrastructures, and problems posed by some community associations and street urchins
 



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