Connectivity and data solutions provider, MainOne, has pitched for regulations and collaborations that will enable local providers become major players in the Nigerian telecommunications sector thereby ensuring that the economy benefits optimally from the dividends in the sector.
According to Chief Information Security Officer of MainOne, Chidinma Iwe, partnership between the local telecoms operators in the Southern and Eastern blocks of the African continent has availed the companies to leverage on each other thereby, sharing infrastructure and support systems, which ultimately provided wider coverage and adequate services consumers in the region.
He pointed out that these alliances have retained the proceeds in the economy creating more jobs and ultimately an improved economy.
However, the Western African block still lags in initiating a regulation for a bond among its local firms, which has resulted into foreign operators investing their revenue outside the country. Consequently, this is short -changing the impact of more investments, more jobs, better services for the country and her citizenry.
Speaking on the Internet Exchange Protocol (IXP) traffic in the country, Chidinma advocated for an increase in the number of Internet local exchanges. According to a local IXP data, just a few numbers of technological firms in the country exchanged Internet traffic locally.
He further explained with the scenario of placing a contact call from Yaba to Victoria Island but, the telecom operator had to connect the call with a source in London before returning the call to Nigeria, which is why services are mostly slow because it consumes more bandwidth.