The convergence of Technology-as-a-Service and infrastructure deployment marks a new era in technological advancement, and the emergence of Technology-as-a-Service (TaaS) stands as a beacon of innovation, providing businesses with the tools to adapt, grow, and thrive in the ever-evolving dynamic environment.
Those were the thoughts of the Executive Vice Chairman/Chief Executive Officer of the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), Dr. Aminu Maida in a keynote delivered at the Africa Tech Alliance Forum (AfriTECH 3.0)
He described this convergence as a paradigm that not only fosters innovation and growth but also democratizes access to cutting-edge solutions for businesses of all sizes imploring service providers to embrace this transformative concept.
Maida stressed the need for service providers to leverage infrastructure deployment to drive Technology-as-a-Service, which will propel the country into a future where technological barriers are minimized, and possibilities are limitless.
The NCC who was represented by Mr. Reuben Muoka, Director, Public Affairs at the NCC, said that through infrastructure deployment within the TaaS model, businesses have the power to access and utilize cutting-edge technology, catering to their needs without the shackles of long-term commitments or heavy investments.
“At the heart of the five pillars of the Strategic Blueprint of the Ministry of Communications, Innovation and Digital Economy is Infrastructure. The role of critical infrastructure in enabling TaaS cannot be overemphasized; it is thus the goal of the Commission to boost Nigeria’s broadband penetration rate to 70% by the end of 2023 through the laying of 95,000 kilometres of fibre optic cables across the country.
“In a similar vein, and in line with the vision of the Ministry, we are targeting the provision of coverage for at least 80% of the country’s population, especially the underserved and unserved populations by the end of 2027,” Maida said.
He stated that the deployment of infrastructure forms the backbone of TaaS noting that by leveraging scalable and efficient infrastructure, organisations can harness cloud solutions, edge computing, and other advanced technologies.
He said the cornerstone of TaaS lies in its ability to revolutionise how technology deployment is approached, emphasising that traditionally, organisations would grapple with the complexities of infrastructure ownership and management.
“However, through infrastructure deployment within the TaaS framework, there is a paradigm shift where the burden of infrastructure ownership is alleviated, and the focus is shifted to accessibility, scalability, and service-oriented solutions.
While noting that the significance of TaaS is underpinned by infrastructure deployment, the NCC helmsman remarked that this marks a fundamental change in how businesses consume technology.
“It enables on-demand access to a vast array of technological resources and services, providing the flexibility to scale resources according to immediate needs, without the constraints of traditional ownership models. It is about unlocking the power of technology without being encumbered by the weight of infrastructure maintenance and management.
“This innovative approach carries with it a multitude of benefits. Firstly, it diminishes the financial burden by transforming capital expenditures into operational costs. This allows businesses to redirect resources to innovation and growth rather than fixed infrastructure expenses”, he stated.