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Monday, July 02, 2012

Adebayo stresses importance of IPv6 awareness

Gbenga Adebay, chairman, ALTOn
... Echoes from Nigeria IPv6 Roundtable'12

Chairman, Association of Licensed Telecommunications Operators of Nigeria (ALTON), Mr. Gbenga Adebayo, has called on Nigerians to prepare for the future, especially as technological tools are becoming more intelligent on daily basis, hence the importance of creating awareness on Internet Protocol version 4 (IPv4) and IPv6.

Adebayo in his remarks at the Nigeria IPv6 Roundtable 2012 to commemorate the World IPv6 Day which held in Lagos, organized by DigitalSENSE Africa and NITDA in partnership with Internet Society (ISOC) Nigeria chapter, saying that it may be difficult to connect to some particular networks, once IPv4 is eventually exhausted.

“As we develop in our day to day life, technology is changing, devices are more intelligent, today people are talking about handheld, it’s no longer desktop computer. There is a need for us to prepare ourselves for the future.

That is why the awareness about IPv4, IPv6 is very important,” he said. Adebayo used the opportunity to respond to some begging issues in the industry as it affects telecommunication sector.

“You may be aware that there are some discussions that some operators are fined. The problem is very simple, there is something peculiar with our country, and we are coming to an answer before the question,” he said.

ALTON boss also acknowledge some challenges facing the operators and noted that when the fine was imposed it raised a lot of questions. Who is the victim of all of these? It is all of us, the Nigerian subscribers who unfortunately happen to be the political football in this country.

He, however, assured you that the industry, is doing all that could be done to alleviate such a challenge. 

“A way forward as we have proposed is to redefine the key performance indicators to reflect the peculiarity of our operating environment,” he suggested.

Adebayo pointed out that during his time in Europe as a service engineer, they use to go to maintain site at 2am; “there is no fear of anything happening to you, you can travel across country even to a remote location.”

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