Telecoms future is in broadband – Juwa
By BISI OLALEYE
Friday February 10, 2012

The Nigeria Communication Commission’s (NCC), Executive Vice Chairman, Dr. Eugene Juwah revealed that the future is broadband, which is also a telecommunication revolution that all nations that aspire to succeed must hook onto.

He made this statement at a five-day youth software training programme powered by the Jim Ovia Foundation, tagged “Developing Nigeria’s Next Generation of ICT Entrepreneurs” which held in Lagos recently. He noted that  as a result of this imperative,  NCC has made progress in the nation’s telecom sector to improve on broadband infrastructure.

“NCC has made significant progress to improve on broadband in Nigeria because we hope to be part of this global movement,” he stated. Juwah described the internet as a two-edged sword that has both good and bad sides, and that one of the aims of the programme was to address the good side of it and to maximize potentials of future generation.

The EVC. Explained that knowledge remains a key factor to make it happen, which must be pursued with all seriousness and sense of purpose. While urging the youths to take the good side of the internet, which he said will take them to the heights of their potential that will not only bring them pride but also add value to the society. “With the skills acquired in this programme, they can be used as a stepping stone to advance in knowledge, maximize ICT potentials and certifications. That is why NCC will continue to support in this digital awareness and advance digital awareness for higher institutions”.

Meanwhile, in an interactive session at the end the lecture, the NCC boss disclosed to newsmen that the commission will before end of this week issue licenses to operators to implement the proposed number portability services in Nigeria. The action according to him, is in fulfillment of the commission’s promise to offer Nigerians the choice of switching from one network to another based on the quality of service rendered.
Number portability will allow subscribers move to alternate networks when they are no longer enjoying the quality of services being obtained from their current operators or when they are no longer happy with the tariffs offered by their current subscribers.

They will still retain their original numbers irrespective of the new network from which they may be obtaining their services.

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