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VoIP critical for developing world – Nigeria

By   |  August 23, 2006

Ernest Ndukwe, executive vice chairman of the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), has described Voice Over Internet Protocol (VoIP) as the engine that will drive telephony in developing countries like Nigeria.

Speaking at the first day of the three-day VoIP forum in Lagos this week, Ndukwe said the commission had recently conducted a study into the Nigerian telecommunications market.

The study found, he said, that “a sure way to promote universal access to telecommunications services, at this stage of the industry’s development is to evolve a policy framework that recognises the issues relating to VoIP as an engine for the development of telephony in the country.”

“Nigeria welcomes the use of VoIP and encourages telecommunications operator to deploy it where applicable,” he said.

Ndukwe said that the NCC’s committment is to facilitate fair, transparent, effective and efficient regulation based on best practices, even as it strives to determine appropriate policies for the regulation of VoIP within Nigeria.

He said that in spite of the dramatic growth of mobile telephony in the continent “there continues to be a telephone famine in Africa which VoIP can help to address”.

He called for increased deployment of IP networks, saying “increased deployment of IP networks, coupled with the growth of Internet Exchange Points (IXPs) in the region, will considerably enhance the retention of traffic within the continent and thus mitigate the costs of extra-continental transits”.

Ndukwe said that doing so would be a factor in retention of revenues by African operators and service providers, promoting indigenous entrepreneurship and wealth. Highway Africa News Agency

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