Italian Govt Applauds Sporadic Growth of Nigeria’s Telecoms Industry

L-R: Mohammed Babajika, Director Licensing & Authorisation,NCC; Dr. Henry Nkemadu Director Public Affairs, NCC; Stefano Olivieri, TIS Head of Sales, MEA; Adeleke Adewolu, Executive Commissioner Stakeholder Management NCC; Tarek Chazli, Deputy Head of Mission Embassy of Italy; Usman Malah, Chief of Staff to the Executive Vice Chairman .

The Italian government has applauded the sporadic growth of the Nigeria’s telecoms industry within its short period of embracing digital technology.


Deputy Head of Mission at the Embassy of Italy in Nigeria, Tarek Chazli, in a remark during a courtesy visit to the Nigerian Communications Commission expressed willing to do business within the industry.

The Embassy was on a visit to the NCC to strengthen the proposition by Telecom Italia Sparkle (TIS) to be a player in the Nigerian telecom sector.

Accompanied by Stefano Olivieri, TIS Head of Sales, Africa & Middle East; and Dindam Killi, a Senior Associate at Aluko & Oyebode – consultants to TIS, Chazli stated that Telecom Italia Sparkle as a leading player in international telecom business recognises the place of Nigeria in Africa’s telecom ecosystem and desires to be a player in the telecom sector.

Chazli noted that Nigerians and Italians are great users of mobile communications adding that Nigeria is “a regional leader in mobile communications, a strategic market and an important hub”, so it is just natural that TIS is interested in the Nigerian market, and it is going to add value to the Nigerian market.

Olivieri noted that as a key player in the Italian, Brazilian, Burundian, Tanzanian and other telecom markets, TIS’ entry into the Nigerian market holds a great promise for deepening the transformation of Nigerian telecom ecosystem.

He said many of globally-used ICT applications are already on TIS backbone saying that the company has huge contents to promote robust data services and cause expansion in businesses for the benefit of Nigerians.

He also affirmed that TIS is particularly mindful of security of contents and applications on its networks.

In response, the Executive Commissioner Stakeholder Management at NCC, Mr. Adeleke Adewolu, who received the envoy and the TIS team on behalf of Prof. Umar Danbatta, the Executive Vice Chairman of NCC, thanked Chazli, Olivieri and Killi for the visit.

He also expressed delight at TIS’ passion and enthusiasm towards the Nigerian telecom industry. Adewolu informed TIS about the strides made by the Commission and its commitment towards ensuring pervasiveness of broadband.

He stated that NCC has licensed infrastructure companies that will ensure the cascading of terrestrial fibre to every local government area of Nigeria.

He also revealed that soon, a blueprint will be unveiled by the Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr. Ali Ibrahim Pantami, defining the roadmap for deepening the digital culture in Nigeria. “So, you are coming at an auspicious time”, he added.

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