Wednesday, May 21, 2008

I’m impressed by Etisalat – Ndukwe

Chief executive, Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), Dr. Ernest Ndukwe, has expressed optimism over the kind of services to be offered by Etisalat Nigeria Limited when it eventually roll-out commercial services.

Speaking to newsmen after a tour of Etisalat stand at the recently ended 2008 ITU Telecom Africa, Dr. Ndukwe said, he was excited as he looks forward to the heart-breaking offers being introduced in Nigeria.

According to him, from what he has seen during the tour, there is no doubt that Africa would be part of the next revolution.

“It is amazing what technology has done so far,” he said, adding that there is hardly any area where one cannot do a lot especially with mobile platform.

He said that Africa has more mobiles and that’s a lot of promise and for Etisalat they are conversant with the modernization.

“It’s a well known fact with then,” he declared, stressing that he was impressed with revolution demonstrated at Etisalat stand.

“I am impressed but I will be more impressed when its brought to Nigeria,” he said.

While commending the Etisalat management in Nigeria for being part of the continental event despite being launched barely two months ago, he said that NCC would do more in the areas of mobile regulations.

He pointed out that policies should not be changed over night, because, “it would affect the investors and consumers.”

Also, briefing Nigerian press at the event, the Chief executive officer, Etisalat Nigeria Limited, Mr. Saoud Al Shamsi, said the telco is not in a hurry to consummate its commercial roll out but is targeting most cities.

Mr. Al Shamsi said that the participation of the Nigerian office of the company was to further demonstrate their commitment to the Nigerian dream of world-class telecommunications services.

As such efforts are up to get enough bandwidth for Third Generation platform on Etisalat.

Reiterating that Etisalat is much interested in providing good service rather than the technology deployed in delivering this goal.

Etisalat, he said, is ensuring that the network becomes resilient and that is what really matters to the telco.

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