GSM @20: NCC Takes The Lead

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The Nigerian Communications Commission NCC has taken the lead at the GSM at 20 event which is being put together by eBusiness Life Communications Limited

The eBusiness life communications ltd has put things in place for the great event that will draw stakeholders especially from the ICT sectors to review the gains and pitfalls of Global System for Mobile communication (GSM) in the past 20 years.

The event will also preview the challenges, expected challenges and building blocks to be put in place before the 5G licences are granted.

The conference having received the backup of the regulator, Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), is expected to hold on November 5, 2021 at the Oriental Hotel, Lekki Road, Victoria Island Lagos.

The nod from the nation’s telecommunications regulator underscores the need for a stakeholder discussion on the issues on the event front burner.

According to the organisers, the forum will seek to answer questions that include how well Nigeria has fared in the past 20 years of GSM evolution in the country.

Publisher and CEO of eBusiness Life, Mrs Ufuoma Emuophedaro raised further questions: “For GSM @ 20, what mistakes have we made, and can they be corrected now? How can we achieve the ubiquitous coverage we need? Is our infrastructure situation what it should be, and how do we better it?

On 5G, how ready are the service providers? What are the expectations from the regulator and other public sector stakeholders? How ready are entrepreneurs and tech Startups? How ready are other sector operators to latch unto revolutionary 5G technology? Are there policies in place that will ensure that the consumers are well protected in terms or charges and service provisions? Are there collaborative opportunities? What do we expect and how do we tackle the expected rise in cyber insecurity that the technology will attract?”

Having cleared some air on the erroneous negative beliefs about 5G technology, Mrs Emuophedaro said it is time to highlight the benefits, opportunities and positive impacts the technology will have on the nation’s technological advancement, and the economy at large.

With the theme, “GSM @ 20, Setting The Stage For The 5G Journey – Requirements, Deployment and Challenges”, the event will afford stakeholders the opportunity to discuss the level of preparedness of ICT stakeholders to embrace the challenge of being pivotal to the stability and growth of all other sectors through 5G deployment.

The event, which is expected to have the Honourable Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr. Isa Pantami; EVC/CEO of the Nigerian Communication Commission, (NCC) Prof. Umar Danbatta; Chairman, Senate Committee on Communications, Senator Oluremi Tinubu; and Chairman House of Rep. Committee on Communications, Hon. Akeem Adeyemi, as well as Captains of industry in attendance, will bring together Mobile Network Operators, telecom service providers , infrastructure companies, cybersecurity companies, among other to discuss the past, the present and the future of digital communication in Nigeria.

Strict COVID-19 safety protocols will be observed at the venue of the event.

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