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Telcos to engage regulators at ATCON forum


Telecommunications companies in Nigeria are set to meet with their regulators over challenges confronting them. This is coming on the heels of the 5th Telecom Executives and Regulators Forum (TERF), being organised by the Association of Telecommunications Companies of Nigeria (ATCON).

Announcing the forum, scheduled to hold in July 11, in the Lagos, Executive Secretary of the Association, Ajibola Olude, said the meeting would specifically address the issue of Over the Top (OTT) services, and policy formulation in the country.

“For our members to remain players in the industry, new business models must be evolved, but regulation and policies also need to be reviewed, fine-tuned and strengthened, so that all and sundry can remain in business,” Olude said in a statement.


He said that ATCON believed that the telecom and ICT sector in Nigeria is built on continuous strategic engagements amongst all players.

According to him, the projected growth can only be realised if these engagements continue, hence, the reason for the planned forum.

He said that ATCON was providing the platform for the purpose of accelerating and harnessing the changes and growth that were taking place in the industry.

Olude said that the forum was to ensure the growth of the industry for its members who had made huge investments in the Nigerian telecom and ICT sector. “The forum is set to discuss and proffer lasting solutions to the topical industry issues of Formulation of Policy and Regulation for OTTs: challenges and prospects. It will discuss funding Telecoms Investment in Nigeria: How would the deficit in the Nigerian telecom infrastructure be financed? “Moreso, the forum will talk on the Eradication of the influx of cloned and fake phones and other telecoms devices in Nigeria: The role of NCC, Nigerian Custom, SON, and other Relevant Government Agencies.

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