Nigerian Telecom Sector Is Africa’s Telecom Business Leading Light- Italian Embassy Official

Thursday, November 21, 2019

Nigerian Telecom Sector Is Africa’s Telecom Business Leading Light- Italian Embassy Official

Nigerian Telecom Sector Is Africa’s Telecom Business Leading Light- Italian Embassy Official

 

 

Tarek Chazli, Deputy Head of Mission at the Embassy of Italy in Abuja, Wednesday, paid a courtesy visit to the Nigerian Communications Commission aimed at strengthening the proposition by Telecom Italia Sparkle (TIS) to be a player in the Nigerian telecom sector.

 

Accompanied by Stefano Olivieri, TIS Head of Sales, Africa & Middle East; and Dindam Killi, a Senior Associate at Aluko & Oyebode - consultants to TIS, Chazli stated that Telecom Italia Sparkle as a leading player in international telecom business recognises the place of Nigeria in Africa's telecom ecosystem and desires to be a player in the telecom sector.

 

Chazli noted that Nigerians and Italians are great users of mobile communications, adding that Nigeria is “a regional leader in mobile communications, a strategic market and an important hub,” so it is just natural that TIS is interested in the Nigerian market, and it is going to add value to the Nigerian market.

 

Olivieri informed the Management of NCC at the meeting that as a key player in the Italian, Brazilian, Burundian, Tanzanian and other telecom markets, TIS' entry into the Nigerian market holds a great promise for deepening the transformation of Nigerian telecom ecosystem.

 

He said many of globally-used ICT applications are already on TIS backbone, and stressed that the company has huge contents to promote robust data services and cause expansion in businesses for the benefit of Nigerians while affirming that TIS is particularly mindful of security of contents and applications on its networks.

 

Adeleke Adewolu, the Executive Commissioner Stakeholder Management at NCC, who received the envoy and the TIS team on behalf of Prof. Umar Danbatta, the Executive Vice Chairman of NCC, in response, thanked Chazli, Olivieri and Killi for the visit and expressed delight at TIS' passion and enthusiasm towards the Nigerian telecom industry.

 

Adewolu informed TIS about the strides made by the Commission and its commitment towards ensuring pervasiveness of broadband.

 

The Executive Commissioner stated that NCC has licensed infrastructure companies that will ensure the cascading of terrestrial fibre to every local government area of Nigeria, and revealed that soon, a blueprint will be unveiled by the Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, defining the roadmap for deepening the digital culture in Nigeria. “So, you are coming at an auspicious time,” he added.

 

Adewolu promised to transmit the letter from TIS to the EVC and to the Management for consideration, and directed the NCC's Director of Licensing and Authorization, Mohammed Babajika who was also present at the meeting, to hold a discussion with TIS on its proposal and pending application for license.

 

PHOTO CAPTION:

L-R: Mohammed Babajika, Director Licensing and Authorization,NCC; Dr. Henry Nkemadu Director Public Affairs, NCC; Stefano Olivieri, TIS Head of Sales, Africa & Middle East; Adeleke Adewolu, Executive Commissioner Stakeholder Management NCC; Tarek Chazli, Deputy Head of Mission at the Embassy of Italy; Usman Malah, Chief of Staff to the Executive Vice Chairman NCC…..

 

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