Thursday, January 02, 2014

Applause for Phase3 Telecom @10

It was an applause time for the management of the Phase3 Telecom at the commemoration of its 10th year in Abuja recently.

Stakeholders led by the Minister of Communications Technology, Mrs. Omobola Johnson and the chairman of OpenMedia Group and former Executive Vice Chairman (EVC), Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), Dr. Ernest Ndukwe applauded the company for conveying innovation in the deployment of aerial fibre network infrastructure.

ITRealms reports that the duo noted that in Abuja at the commemoration of Phase3 10th anniversary, saying such innovation has led to the prompt growth of the Information and Communications Technology (ICT) industry in the country and in the Economic Community for West African States (ECOWAS) region.

According to them, Phase3 Telecom deserves these applause for deploying over 5000 kilo meters (km) of optic fibre on the powerline of the Power Holding Company of Nigeria (PHCN) across the country, which has since 2007 installed and commissioned several points of presence at major cities with last mile connectivity to her fibre optic network.

Other stakeholders, ITRealms gathered also gave thump-up at the anniversary and end of year party, pointing out they were impressed.

"I am deeply impressed by Phased3 because of what we are trying to do in the telecommunications industry, one of the things that I realised since I took over this portfolio was the fact that despite that the industry was growing at about 30 per cent year on year,” Mrs. Johnson said.

The minister also lamented that Nigeria does not have enough local companies participating actively in this aspect of the industry and who are successful.

She said, Phase3 has been a shining light and a company that she is always proud to think about when it comes to domestic ICT industry,

She commended Phase3 for not letting domestic ICT down, saying "I think that you have done a tremendous amount of work, I congratulate you on what you have done particularly your innovation on fibre optic over PHCN Power line. The Ministry is working very hard to ensure that you get the same amount of reduction in terms of cost on the Right of Ways (RoWs) that we have done for federal highways so that the deployment would be more successful."

Ndukwe, in his part counseled the company led by Mr. Stanley Jegede for not relenting in its drive for greater heights.
"My advice is that corporate governance is key for any company to survive and to be sustained over time, which means you must watch your cost, you must watch the development of staff to make sure that they are topnotch, you must employ the right people which you have done in the past and you spend more effort in making sure that you look at the market and see where the trend is going," Ndukwe said.

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Pix: Stanley Jegede, CEO Phase3 Telecom

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