NCC Prepares To Spotlight Homegrown Telecom Milestones

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The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) is gearing up to highlight the strides it has made in promoting local contributions within the telecommunications domain.

Empowered by the Nigerian Communications Act (NCA) of 2003, the NCC has been tasked with fostering investments from both domestic and foreign sources into the Nigerian communication industry.

It aims to introduce innovative practices and services while also encouraging the involvement of Nigerian nationals in owning, controlling, and managing communication companies, as well as contributing to the development of the communication manufacturing and supply sectors.

Consequently, the commission is gearing up to host the second iteration of the Nigerian Telecommunications Indigenous Content Expo (NTICE 2023) in Lagos.

With the theme “Harnessing Indigenous Content for Economic Growth: Networking to Boost Investment”, the commission expressed its intention to rally stakeholders for an impressive event following the successful inaugural edition last year.

According to a statement by the Director of Public Affairs at NCC, Reuben Muoka, NTICE 2023 is being organized to adhere to the prevailing provisions of the NCA 2003. Its purpose is to support the four primary areas of focus outlined in the National Policy on the Promotion and Implementation of Indigenous Contents (NPPIC) within the telecommunications sector.

These areas encompass Manufacturing, Services, Human Resources, and Research and Development for innovative solutions, in line with the federal government’s commitment to diversify the economy.

The coordination of NTICE falls under the purview of the commission’s Nigeria Office for Developing the Indigenous Telecom Sector (NODITS), which oversees the effective implementation of NPPIC. Muoka disclosed that the Expo welcomes participants from various sectors, including local telecom operators, manufacturers, regulatory bodies, government agencies, policymakers, innovators, industry leaders, startups, other players in the telecom ecosystem, academia, and global experts. The event provides a platform for them to showcase products, services, inventive solutions, and emerging technologies.

Muoka emphasized that the event serves as a unique forum for stakeholders to exchange ideas, advancing the application of indigenous contributions within Nigeria’s telecommunications industry. He urged participants to register before August 22, 2023.

In a recent conversation with the NCC’s internal media, Prof. Umar Danbatta, the Executive Vice Chairman and CEO of the commission, reaffirmed that NTICE stands as Nigeria’s premier annual event in the realm of indigenous telecoms, technology, startups, manufacturing, and innovation. It fosters vital connections and valuable relationships that underscore the accomplishments and substantial potential of a technology-driven digital economy.

The 2023 Expo is anticipated to spotlight the government’s strides in nurturing local content within the sector. Moreover, it will provide a platform for attendees to spotlight their offerings, inventive solutions, and new technologies.

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