NCC sets to roll out commercialisation of indigenous telecom prototypes
The Nigerian Communication Commission (NCC) has concluded its roadmap to roll out the much-awaited commercialisation of locally developed telecommunication solutions in Nigeria.
The local breed models were products of NCC’s research grants initiative offered to the academia in Nigeria tertiary institutions for the development of telecom-based research prototype, that would enhance the efficiency of the telecommunication system in the country.
The indigenous innovation being anchored by the regulator and adopted by telecom stakeholders, including the industry, operators, marketers, and society, was intended to create multiple local jobs opportunity and reduce the importation of ICT content.
NCC Executive Vice Chairman, Professor Umar Garba Dambatta, who revealed the commission’s strategy to leverage locally sourced innovation to drive an efficient telecom industry, assured the commitment of the Federal Government to telecom economic-driven growth.
Professor Dambatta spoke in Kano while addressing the Northern regional roundtable of academia, operators, and other critical stakeholders on the path to a successful rollout of the commercialiSation of the innovation.
The NCC boss reminded the collaboration of the commission with the academia to build a sustainable development with over N500 million in research grants to develop the telecom-based model.
He said out of the 49 models gathered during the last exposition organised by the commission in February this year, 10 were selected for the grants.
Professor Dambatta noted that the roundabout with the theme: ‘The Path from Innovation Research to Commercialization of Viable Prototypes’, was organiSed to address the challenges and issues around commercialising the research prototypes.
“We are engaging the academia, industry, and the stakeholders in other to chart the way forward for the commercialisation of research output that NCC is sponsoring in the Nigeria university system. We are looking at how to develop the telecom prototypes and deploy the same upon commercialisation.
“Innovation in Technology is a going process that keeps growing with time. New ideas communicate into innovation for development in the telecom industry. We are doing that. We are providing funding to sustain the project and invested N500 million to the research funding and more investment.” Dambatta noted.
Earlier, NCC Commissioner, Technical Service, Ubale Maska, told journalists the roundabout sought to address issues around product viability and sustainability through business model development and market survey; Intellectual property (IP) rights and patents; selling new products in the marketplace, understanding the Commercialisation and entrepreneurial university models.
On his part, a guest speaker Tukur Mohammed cautioned the regulatory authorities to ensure strong infrastructure to drive a seamless telecom innovation.
The telecom expert also advocated a market-oriented process and inclusive collaboration with industry, marketers, and other critical stakeholders to guarantee the adoption of the prototypes.
He urged NCC to sustain funding of innovative ideas in the telecom ecosystem and encourage new local-based technology and solution to industrial challenges.