Could Free and Accessible Broadband be the solution to everything in Nigeria
On Friday the 28th of March, Sheraton Hotels and Towers Ikeja played host to a cross-section of tech players, regulatory bodies and startups. The event was the WACC (West African Convergence Conference) 2019 edition, which was
This year’s conference themed; Regulations, Disruptions, Employability, Entrepreneurship and Convergence Broadband and Broadplan.
The gathering of major stakeholders and delegates from the Far East, USA, West Africa, and Nigeria; focused on the opportunities and potential of the ICT sector, with emphasis placed on the state of technology and the dynamics of technology and regulatory convergence.
PPC System Integrators among other ICT major players such as Medallion Communications, BSSL Technology, as well as regulatory bodies like the Nigerian Communications Commission, the Nigerian Communication Satellite (NICOMSAT), technological service providers, Startup companies, and National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) were all well represented.
- Starting Up and Staying Up; a talk on how to sustain startup ecosystems in Nigeria.
- Broadband and the long-term plans for regulation within the country.
- Convergence and new Technology Frontiers, outsourcing, Fintech, Data Privacy, Social Media, Shared Info and News.
The Predominant question of the day; “Is broadband a right or a privilege [in Nigeria]?”
The general consensus is that, while broadband might be an equally available right in developed countries, in Nigeria we are still at the stage of having broadband as a service; available only to those who can afford it.
Broadband allows citizens more affordable and efficient access to basic amenities such as education, healthcare, public safety and government services by:
- Affording citizens the opportunity to participate in online learning and distance education;
- Giving entrepreneurs and small and home-based business owners the opportunity to compete alongside large corporations;
- Increasing the productivity and efficiency of businesses who utilize the Internet for their operations;
- Connecting patients in remote areas to healthcare services;
- Making government services more readily available to citizens;
- Saving companies and organizations money by letting employees telework; and
- Allowing friends and families to stay in touch with one another.
The world has become a global village and it is imperative that for proper dissemination, accessibility and the process of information, the internet needs to be easily accessible either freely or cheaply.
In further consideration, for service companies to ensure that the internet is free, there are certain government policies that needs to be visited, budget controls that needs to be adjusted and importantly answering the question; “Are Nigerians Producers or Consumers of Technology”
The challenge of production needs to be addressed so that free and easy accessibility can be solved.
In summary, thoughtful ideas engulfed around on technological growth within the region, and the hope for Startups in an economy where industry stalwarts still struggle.
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In light of it all, PPC Systems Integrators receives an award on our continuous contributions to Systems Integration within the country
WACC 2019 was a wonderful opportunity for cross industry networking and catching up on regulations and industry achievements.
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