Stakeholders Harp On Improved Technology in Nigerian Telecom Sector

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President of the Association of Telecommunications Companies of Nigeria (ATCON), Titi Omo-Ettu, and key players in the telecom sector have emphasised on the need to focus on improved technology and investment in the sector.

Speaking at the opening ceremony of the 2010 Wimax Forum organised by the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) and Telecom Answers Associates in Lagos, the ATCON boss said, "Our take is that environments that either do not plan or are unwilling to participate in all phases of development of technology must be ready to turn themselves into laboratories where these technologies would be tested.

"Technologies and solutions have been emerging at dizzying speed and it is easy for us to think that all we need to do is to cope with the speed and keep life going. An emerging technology is one that has moved from research laboratory into the field and is in migration from demonstration to full deployment."

Omo-Ettu identified five phases of technology process as research, invention, prototype development, demonstration and deployment but regretted that the nation only focuses on technology deployment. "Before we make attempt at deployment, the technology inventors has already passed the 'death zone' which phases of prototype development and demonstration are."

"The truth is that really their deployment stage is actually our own demonstration phase. That imposes the need on us to make a very close study of our environment and to make a very close study of our environment and alert ourselves on what we should be doing to ensure that investment does not go into ruin."

"There is a high chance some societies may not survive the testing stages because investment in such environment will be endangered if not totally dangerous to those who make them. It is not that the societies will die. What will die are investments and emerging business" he warned.