The Nigeria Communication Commission (NCC), has urged all stakeholders in academia to conduct research that can address issues of congestion in telecommunication network to ensure optimum utilization of the network.
The Executive Vice Chairman, NCC, Prof. Umar Garba Danbatta, stated this while presenting a paper with the theme, ‘The Place of Academia in the Telecom Ecosystem’, during a Stakeholders Forum with Academia, in Transcop Hilton Hotel, in Abuja, Danbatta, said “we see academia as important stakeholders in the value chain, why we think they are important, there is a lot of beautiful research work they can do in order to address the issues of congestion in telecommunication network.
“We need to go back and look back at the 8-point agenda of the NCC, one of the important items is protective collaboration and partnership with diverse stakeholders, and the stakeholders are cooperative industries, Nigerian universities system.
“Recall that two important parameters that can require quality of service in the telecommunication network, one of them is stand alone, dedicated control and channel congestion, therefore these two parameters can conspire to degrade quality of service and a solution is urgently needed to ensure our telecommunication channels are not congested to an extent of negative quality of service.
“We want academia to come in and conduct research that will ease the channel congestion, ensure optimum utilization of the network in such a way and manner that the quality of experience will be improved, that is the essence of the engagement with the academia.
“I’m happy to announce that over the years the commission, through its various projects like the Advanced Digital Awareness programme for Tertiary Institutions (ADAPTI), Digital Awareness Programme (DAP) for institutions, University Inter Campus Connectivity (UNICC) and Tertiary Institutions Knowledge Center (TIKC); implemented by the Digital Bridge Institute and the University Service Fund, is deepening ICT adoption and use, that drives knowledge acquisition opportunities in our institution.”
According to him, “on a last count the modest effort of the commission has yielded the following result, computer hardware supply to over 2,000 institutions, among them several universities and teaching hospitals and colleges, training of 38,136 teaching and non-teaching staff in our tertiary institutions, ‘with 2016, my first full years at the commission, presenting the highest of such figure 11,393’, 454.9km of fibre optic deployment to 24 universities, 11 institutions.”
However, he urged the academia to reclaim its expected role by ensuring that the research activities of its members will enhance and reorient the market to the needs of the consumers and in the process profit from sector through this effort.
He said, the Implication of the foregoing was a deliberate invitation of the Academia to play a more productive role in the telecommunication industry with their research and scholarship.
In her welcome address, Director, Research and Development Department, NCC, Mrs. Abigail Iyabo Sholanke, said, research is of great importance in the telecommunication/ ICT industry as the level of competition and products of innovation are rapidly increasing
She said, “The commission is poised to consolidate its collaboration with the academia and chart new courses for the development of new models or modules of products in the telecommunications sector in conjunction with technical experts and the Academia.
“The commission will also provide research grants for approved prototypes and research works.”
She added that, “the Commission however understands the primary role of the Academia is to provide education, learning research and community service generation, which when properly funded and structured can impact very positively on business and society.”