Nigeria’s Telecoms Regulator may Start Regulatory Intervention for Tech-Hubs

The Nigerian Communications Commission, (NCC) may soon start regulating the tech-hubs in the country to ease the operations of the tech-hubs.

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“We intend to assist the various tech hubs with the right regulatory intervention to ease their operations”, the NCC said.

According to the Commission, it has visited various tech start-ups across the six geopolitical zones to assess their development and challenges adding that it would continue to encourage tech entrepreneurship and innovation in the ICT sector.

Speaking in Kano, North West Nigeria at the Emerging Technologies Consultative And ICT Innovation Forum, the Executive Vice Chairman of the NCC, Prof Umar Danbatta in a keynote address emphasized the need for the tech hub to innovate on how to access segments of the consumer wallets.

He explained that they should be able provide solutions to consumer needs in other vertical areas of education, health, government services, made available through telecoms network infrastructure.

Also observed that mobile network operators have developed infrastructure to support voice services and access to data, saying, that it necessary they unlock new services and sources of value generation and revenue streams in their operations.

He disclosed that globalisation puts on every government as well as captains of industry the burden of finding ways to ensure that “we remain competitive and capable of fulfilling local demand.”

He added: “Given the wide availability of information technology to serve markets globally, it is imperative that the right frameworks are developed to enhance the ability of indigenous companies to maximally explore and exploit local opportunities, as well as remain globally competitive.”

Danbatta, who appreciated the organisers of the forum, which had as its theme, ‘Developing Nigeria’s Tech Eco-System: Imperative for improving Local Content’, said that the forum is necessary to promote local content with emphasis on the Tech ecosystem, identifying unmet needs and facilitate Public Private Partnership.

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