ICT and Infrastructure Solutions provider, Inlaks, has expressed readiness to partner with the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) on the provision of broadband services to Nigerians in all the 36 states of the federation.The partnership will among others things ensure that most Nigerians have access to faster and more affordable internet services on their mobile and desktop devices.
Speaking at the Members’ meeting of the Institute of Directors in Lagos recently, tagged ‘Broadband ecosystem: The role of the regulator,” MD/CEO of Inlaks, Mr. Femi Adeoti, said it was important for the regulatory commission to increase its current proposed broadband speed for faster internet penetration in the country.
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He said, “We are an IT service provider and we are also now delving into cloud computing, which cannot work without effective broadband. That is why this partnership is very important to us. The cloud solution works solely on internet-based infrastructure and if the internet infrastructure of our clients is not good, they cannot do cloud solutions effectively.
So we have been discussing with NCC to see how we upscale the level of broadband that is available in the country. The NCC is prospecting about 1.5Mbits/sec, which is rather too low. Other countries are executing 100Mbits/s, and even up to 2Gbits/sec, and we are talking about 1.5.
However, with the partnership between the private and public sectors, we will be able to provide an increased broadband together. NCC is required to work on policy framework whilst Inlaks will work on the implementation.”
On cloud computing, Adeoti added, “It is the provision of services in the cloud. The alternative to it is to build data centres, which could be too expensive. Not everybody can afford to build one. But most of the data at the data centres can be moved to the cloud, where enterprises can access them wherever and whenever.
“With cloud solution, businesses do not need to build massive infrastructures before they can access the services that they need. But in order to make use of the cloud solution effectively, there must be very excellent Internet infrastructure and that is where we need NCC. Once the NCC confirms their readiness, Inlaks is also ready to move.”
The Executive Vice Chairman of NCC, Prof. Umar Danbatta, said that it was high time Nigerians enjoyed better Internet services in the country regardless of where they live.
Danbatta, who was represented by one of the commission’s executive directors, Mr. Edoyemi Ogoh, said the commission was laying out a framework for the partnership with Internet service operators.
“It is our role to create an affordable broadband ecosystem and to ensure the vibrancy of the system,” Ogoh said. “To us at the NCC and Nigeria, broadband definition is being able to access the Internet at a minimum speed of 1.5Mbits/second.”