Alcatel-Lucent in its recently concluded Technology Week held for three days in both Lagos and Abuja has highlighted the benefits of ultra-broadband and IP networking technologies in Nigeria. More than hundred of ICT professionals in the country as well as the network management of EMTS, Airtel, MTN, GLO, NATCOM, UBC and Nigeria Communication Commission (NCC) attended the event.
Several technological topics were discussed during the workshops and private sessions held in the event. Some of the topics discussed during the week include ultra-broadband (wireless, LTE), Managed services, IP Routing and Transport (IP, Optics, Microwave Transmission).
The event showcased the numerous benefits of the ultra-broadband and IP networking technologies as well the opportunities they provide to the participants.
The Country Senior Officer and Managing Director of Alcatel-Lucent in Nigeria, Richard Edet commented on the event. He said that Nigeria was considered one of the African fastest growing telecom markets as well as the biggest economy in the continent given its booming population of more than 170 million people. According to him, as the telecom industry is growing in the country, it provides enormous business opportunities connected with other industries. However, he was of the opinion that there was a need to enlarge the capacity of the Nigeria infrastructure in order to deliver high-quality ultra-broadband connectivity to aid added-value services for end consumers both those in the remote areas and those in the urban areas. He highlighted the need for a collective effort to ensure the empowerment of the marginalized groups with the use of broadband. The same collective responsibility according to him is required to deliver social and economic benefits to all using broadband. The only affordable way to realise this as he said is technological innovation.
Talking about the benefits of the Technology Week, Mr. Richard said that the event provide opportunity for exchange, sharing and working out together the next innovation framework that will aid the consumers in the industry to unleash their values within their networks.
He concluded by saying that making the ultra-broadband services more and readily available is very crucial for future development and transformation in Nigeria.