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Sunday, April 10, 2016

Omo-Ettu reiterates call for converged regulator

Telecommunications engineer and Chief Executive Officer of Telecoms Answers Associates (TAA), Mr. Titi Omo-Ettu has reiterated calls for a converged regulator for the Information and Communication Technology (ICT) sector, reports ITRealms.

Speaking at the Telecom Industry Advisory Council Inaugural Meeting in Lagos, Mr. Omo-Ettu in a presentation on Communication Technology industry development issues of the moment, drew attention to some important documents which specifically addressed strategic industry development.

He listed some of these documents to include the National ICT Policy of 2013; the National Broadband Plan with a set goal between 2013 and 2018; and guidelines for Nigerian Content Development in ICT, an entrepreneurship blueprint of 2013.

In addition, he listed the Communiqué of the 2016 Communications Sector Retreat in Ibadan, and EVC’s 8-point Agenda for Telecommunication 2016 - 2020.

According to him, outside these five documents, and absence of any critique of them which may suggest either a deviation or additional strengthening should be viable documents to implement in full measure to assure steady development.

He called for the recognition of these documents, especially the top-two documents of communique of Ibadan retreat and EVC’s 8-point agenda, for full implementation.

“It is important to suggest that the implementation of these functions be pushed,” he said.

Omo-Ettu stressed that the ICT Policy already assumes a converged regulator for the communication technology industry, even as the Broadband Roadmap prescribes various inter-relational tasks and functions which diverse sectors of the economy must perform for Nigeria to attain the 2018 target of a five-fold increase in broadband penetration over the 2013 status.

“It is important to suggest that the implementation of these functions be pushed,” Omo-Ettu enjoined.

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