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Wednesday, July 18, 2007

More communications are now based on Internet

The Executive Vice Chairman, Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), Dr. Ernest Ndukwe, has said that more communications are now based on the Internet than on the mobile telephony among other mediums of communications.

Dr. Ndukwe made this assertion at the just ended one-day seminar on the Internet for Job Initiative (I4J) in Lagos.

He noted at the event that as a telecommunications engineer, the evolution and the power of the Internet have consistently been a spectacle for him.

Dr. Ndukwe pointed out that between the year 2002 and 2003, it was reported that the American online, for instance, delivered about 50 per cent mails in one day than the United States (U.S.) Postal Office.

Also, he observed that about 85 per cent of the small and medium size industry used the Internet and about 65 per cent of small businesses in the US, have their own websites.

“This number has continuously increased as of today,” he said.

E-business transactions, according to him, are expected to grow to over 1.5 trillion dollars in 2007, while the small businesses that extensively use the Internet are billed to grow much faster than those that do not use Internet.

As said by him, while the G8 countries the number of people with access to computers and Internet is growing very rapidly, stressing that in many developing countries such as Nigeria, the story is not the same.

“Truly, technology is driving economies, but not everyone is benefiting from it,” he declared.

One of the big drivers that enables technology to reach to many people that were never envisaged few years back is the mobile communications technology, which is specially propelled by the pre-paid payment platform.

“Today, about 3 billion people in the world now have access to mobile communication. This number, is however, very small when compared to those that have access to the Internet,” he said.

He therefore asserted that there is a wide gap between those who have information through the Internet and those who do not have.

“People, businesses and communities that do not have ready access to Internet are being left behind in the scheme of things,” he said, adding that the implication of this to mankind is continuous effort to meet up.

“With the Internet, people could actually access any form of information in the whole wide world,” he maintained.

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