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WTISD 2019: Association urges awareness on ways to bridge digital divide

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Association of Telecommunication Professionals of Nigeria (APTN) has called for awareness on ways to bridge the digital divide in the country and raise consciousness on the benefits of Information and Communication Technology (ICT).

Mr Adede Williams, the President of APTN, made the call in a statement on Friday in Abuja on the backdrop of the World Telecommunication and Information Society Day 2019, marked annually on May 17.

The theme for this year is “Bridging the Standardisation Gap”.

Williams said that the rationale for the observance of the day was to raise consciousness of the possibilities that the internet and other information and communication technologies could bring to societies and economies.

He added that it was also to explore ways to bridge the digital divide.

He noted that “all the telecommunication and information technology professionals and practitioners in Nigeria join their professional colleagues across the world to celebrate the constant evolution of one of the most important factors of our lives: communication.

“The main goal of the World Telecommunications and Information Society Day (WTISD) is to highlight the importance of communication and how information technology travels across the world.

“It also aims to increase awareness of how crucial communication is in our lives, and stimulate the development of technologies in the world today.”

The APTN president said that the 2019 celebration of the day marked its 50th anniversary, celebrated since 1969.

“Every year on May 17, the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) membership around the world celebrates World Telecommunication and Information Society Day.

“This is a day to mark the founding of ITU over 152 years ago; which statically was founded on May 17, 1865, and to draw attention to the work of ITU and the challenges of global communications.

“The theme for this year’s World Telecommunication and Information Society Day 2019 (WTISD-19) is “Bridging the Standardisation Gap’’ which focuses on the power of digital standard for development.

“The day aims to explore how to turn imperfect, complex, often unstructured data into actionable information in a development context.

“As a matter of fact, we know that setting standards is a fundamental pillar of ITU’s mission as the specialised agency of the United Nations for information and communication technologies.

“ITU standards help to accelerate ICTs for all Sustainable Development Goals, hence, the insight brought on by advanced analysis can strongly complement the evidence-based nature of decision-making.

“That can be leveraged at local, national, regional and international levels to drive the success of standardisation toward attaining the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) for 2030.’’

Williams said that the day reminded the world of the vision of the World Summit on the Information Society “to build a people-centred, inclusive and development-oriented information society.”

He added that opportunities would be identified as people learn to better perfect and harness the digital standardisation, and understand the impact of bridging the standardisation gap globally.

 

 

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Telecommunication Day: Shittu harps on need to bridge standardisation gap in ICT

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Minister of Communications, Adebayo Shittu, on Friday in Abuja, stressed the need for the county to bridge the standardisation gap in the Information Communication Technology (ICT) sector.

The minister said this on the occasion of the World Telecommunication and Information Society Day (WTISD) celebrated annually on May 17 to raise awareness on telecom and information gap among societies.

The event for this year has “Bridging the Standardisation Gap.”

Represented by Mr Kilyobas Binga, the Director, Radio Monitoring and Survey, Ministry of Communications, Shittu said that the essence of the call was to ensure that the country experienced economic benefits of associated technological developments.

According to him, the purpose of the WTISD is to help raise awareness of the possibilities that the use of internet and other ICTs can bring development to societies and economies, as well as bridge the digital divide.

The minister emphasised that setting standards was a fundamental pillar of Information Technology Union’s (ITUs) mission as specialised agency of the United Nations for ICT.

He added that “ITU standards accelerate ICTs for all Sustainable Development Goals.

“As a digital immigrant, whether you want to connect to the internet, enjoy sports event on television, listen to radio in your car or watch a video on your smartphone, ITU standards make it possible seamlessly, given the ubiquitous mobile broadband.

“It is on this basis that I want to join the ITU body in calling on member states, industry members, small and big companies and academia, together with UN sister agencies, all stakeholders to support the bridging of  standardisation gap programme for the prosperity of all.

“Ministry of Communications is committed to policies to enable citizens, businesses and societies to prosper, while mitigating the adverse effects that can accompany economic change.

“These, we are sure, will encourage investments and promote development of digital economies, while building inclusive digital future for citizens.”

Celebrated since 1969, World Telecommunication Day is also to mark the founding of the International Telecommunication Union.

Edited by Hadiza Mohammed-Aliyu

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FG to create national artificial intelligence ecosystem – Minister

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The Federal Ministry of Communications has restated its commitment to support stakeholders in the ICT to create and strengthen a national Artificial Intelligence (AI) ecosystem to achieve sustainable development.

The Minister of Communications, Mr Adebayo Shittu, said this at a press conference on Thursday, in Abuja.

The event was to mark the 2018 World Telecommunication and Information Society Day, with the theme: “Enabling the Positive Use of Artificial Intelligence for All’’.

Shittu said that the ministry was committed to focus on the potential of the AI to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) 2030, and improve the nation’s economy.

He said that, “AI is taking centre stage with a lot of impact on peoples’ lives as its potential power is being exploited and developed at an unprecedented speed.

“With many nations, including Nigeria bank on technology, robotics and artificial intelligence to reshape humanity, we need to encourage our youth and people to be digital literate and become multi-discipline in ICTs.

“Also market analysts predict that intelligent machines programmed to think and reason like the human mind will revolutionise healthcare in the very near future.

“Proponents of the transformative power of artificial intelligence usually give two examples: self-driving cars and the delivery of healthcare.”

The minister emphasised that AI was no longer confined to the laboratories, but could be seen in many instances of human activities.

“We are accustomed to seeing countless references to intelligent machines and robots in popular culture whether it is in movies, fiction or books.

“But apart from computers and smartphone technology, nothing is more worthy of praise than our commitment to replicate human behaviours and thought pattern into machine and that is the world of artificial intelligence.

“As governments increasingly rely on the internet for governance and delivery of social benefits, technology simultaneously holds the promise of transformation and potential for exclusion.’’

He said that the ministry would engage in crucial conversations with stakeholders to manage and explore the AI regime.

According to him, Nigeria will seek to bring industry leaders and academic experts to the forefront by identifying priorities and share lessons for sustainable growth.

“We shall consider and explore pillars like connectivity, digital inclusion, trade, security, innovation and policy.

“We will also examine challenges and prospects of AI to foster greater interoperability and security.

“Since government is leveraging the internet for delivery of social services, all lesson must be internalised to make this initiative more inclusive,’’ the minister said.

NAN reports that ITU Secretary-General, Houlin Zhao in his message to mark ‘s day said every year on May 17, ITU members around the world celebrate World Telecommunication and Information Society Day.

“Artificial Intelligence, or AI, is taking center stage with a lot of impact on people’s lives.

AI’s potential power is being exploited and developed at an unprecedented speed. AI brings us many opportunities and challenges. AI will greatly change our economy and society,’’ he said.

According to Zhao, ITU in its role of specialised UN Agency for ICT services and technologies, wishes to work with academia, researchers, industries, administrations and governments, UN Agencies.

Zhao said the union would also work  with other stakeholders and partners  to facilitate the AI development, to bring the benefits of AI to all.

ITU invites you to join us to celebrate WTISD 2018!’’, he said.

Edited by: Julius Toba Jegede/Grace Yussuf

 

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World Telecom Day: APTN urges FG to partner stakeholders for growth

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The Association of Telecommunications Professionals of Nigeria (APTN), has called on the Federal Government to partner with stakeholders in the Information Communication and Technology (ICT) industry for economic growth in the country.

The Chairman of the association, Mr Adede Williams, made the call in a statement issued on Thursday, in Abuja, to mark the 2018 World Telecommunication and Information Society Day.

The Nigeria News Agency reports that the World Telecommunications and Information Society Day (WTISD) is celebrated on May 17 annually.

The 2018 World Telecom Day is themed: “Enabling the Positive Use of Artificial Intelligence for All’’.

Williams said that government should involve ICT stakeholders in implementing policies that concerned information and technology development in Nigeria.

“We also want to use this medium to call on the Nigeria government at all levels to partner with ICT industry stakeholders for effective channel on ICT related issues in the country.

 “ATPN hereby calls on all the Telecommunications and Information Technology practitioners in Nigeria to join their professional colleagues across the world in celebrating the constant evolution of one of the most important factors of our lives: communication.’’

He said that the main goal of the commemoration was to highlight the value of communication and how information travels across the world.

He said that the day also aimed at increasing the awareness of the crucial nature of communication to human lives.

“To achieve their full potential, organisations such as UNESCO actively took part at the inception of day, by inviting people to engage in various activities to promote campaigns centred on ICT.’’ 

“Based on fundamental human rights and to raise awareness of how information and communications technology can be beneficial for societies and economies,’’ he said.

ITU Secretary-General, Houlin Zhao in his message to mark ‘s day said every year on May 17, ITU members around the world celebrate World Telecommunication and Information Society Day.

“Artificial Intelligence, or AI, is taking center stage with a lot of impact on people’s lives.

AI’s potential power is being exploited and developed at an unprecedented speed. AI brings us many opportunities and challenges. AI will greatly change our economy and society,’’ he said.

According to Zhao, ITU in its role of specialised UN Agency for ICT services and technologies, wishes to work with academia, researchers, industries, administrations and governments, UN Agencies.

Zhao said the union would also work  with other stakeholders and partners  to facilitate the AI development, to bring the benefits of AI to all.

ITU invites you to join us to celebrate WTISD 2018!’’, he said.

Edited by: Julius Toba Jegede/Grace Yussuf

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Telecom Day: Artificial Intelligence adoption will lead to smart decisions – IT expert

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Artificial Intelligence (AI) adoption will help in making intelligent decisions in the telecommunications industry, an Information Technology expert, Mr Jide Awe, said on Thursday.

In an interview with the Nigeria News Agency in Lagos, Awe said that such decisions would improve quality of services in the industry.

He spoke on the backdrop of the World Telecommunications and Information Society Day.

NAN reports that World Telecommunications and Information Society Day (WTISD) is celebrated on May 17 annually.

The 2018 WTISD had the theme: “Enabling the Positive Use of Artificial Intelligence for All’’.

 

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​The theme focused on the potential of Artificial Intelligence (AI) to accelerate achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Awe said: “Telecommunication is a backbone infrastructure that is leveraged upon. What AI does is to allow it to automate certain tasks that normally require human intelligence.

“It will go beyond the human aspect in terms of data it can keep and also learn from that data.

AI is a technology that can help the telecommunications industry because a lot of things done manually, with the help of AI, can be analysed and areas to serve better will be determined.”

Awe said that AI would enable telecom operators to channel their resources and work more effectively.

“A lot of things which are done manually will be done faster and easier with the aid of AI analysis.

“Due to the fact that machine will be solely relied upon, it will enable operators to know which equipment needs change, and services that need to be rendered.

Awe urged the Nigeria Communications Commission (NCC) to ensure that policies would be well implemented and practical to meet needs.

He said that the licensed Infrastructure Companies (InfraCos) should be well monitored.

According to him, the InfraCos are facing challenges that are hindering rollout of infrastructure to aid broadband penetration.

NCC has done some licensing and has promised to do more, and the work of the InfraCos is to make sure that within zones in the country, some infrastructure will be provided to aid penetration.

“The companies have challenges caused by state governments which impose charges such as right of way that slows the companies down,” he claimed.

He said that rollout should not be looked at as an immediate revenue generation venture but should be allowed to help state economies to grow.

According to Awe, reports have shown that broadband penetration will help an economy to pick up and lead to more competition and production.

“The challenge to penetration is that the environment is quite hostile in rolling out broadband; relevant authorities should look into it,” he said.

Awe, however, said that Nigeria had much to celebrate in its telecommunications industry.

“There have been major achievements though we should have more than what we are having.

“Internet and telecom penetration are somehow growing and we know with time and right policies, things will move better,” he said.

He called for inclusiveness in the industry so that more people would be productive.

“There is need for people to be able to exploit what the industry can offer.

Telecom is not for telephone alone but to make people more competitive and productive,” he said.

Edited by: Bola Akingbehin/Ijeoma Popoola

 

 

 

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Telecom Day: Operators wants FG remove impediments to adopting new technologies

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The Association of Telecommunications Operators of Nigeria (ATCON) on Thursday urged the Federal Government to remove all impediments to accessing and adopting new technologies.

The ATCON President, Mr Olusola Teniola, made the appeal in an interview with the Nigeria News Agency in Lagos on the backdrop of the World Telecommunications and Information Society Day.

Teniola said that access to new technologies would enable Nigerians, especially the youth, to improve their lives.

NAN reports that World Telecommunications and Information Society Day (WTISD) is celebrated on May 17 annually.

The 2018 WTISD had the theme: “Enabling the Positive Use of Artificial Intelligence for All’’.

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​The theme focuses on the potential of Artificial Intelligence (AI) to accelerate the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030.

Teniola said that the Federal Government should make it easy for the youth to have access to technologies such as AI, robotics, machine learning, big data and others to facilitate their development.

“In adopting these technologies which will improve our productivity, government need to remove all impediments to the success of the industry.

“Currently, we are faced with 38 taxes and levies, and recently, there is a cyber-security tax that government wants to impose on any electronic transactions. It is called cyber security levy.

“We strongly resist and denounce this. The tax should not be introduced at this time in the industry’s development, with the country coming out from recession,’’ he said.

The ATCON president, however, noted that the country had made some giant strides in telecommunications is spite of many challenges.

“In terms of the political terrain, we have been able to have a stable and democratic government supported by electronic voting and a stable communication network that enabled that to happen.

“For the social and economic benefits, the country’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) is one of the largest in Africa and has created more than 300,000 jobs.

“We have an industry that represents nine per cent of the total GDP which boasts of 450 million subscribers, and the services rendered by providers has the potential to still grow to at least 120 million dollars bond of investors by 2025.

“All these will be achieved through broadband penetration that will enable further growth of the industry,’’ Teniola said.

He said that the industry had challenges in deepening broadband penetration as defined by the International Telecommunication Union (ITU).

The ATCON boss said that broadband penetration in Nigeria was still at 22 per cent.

According to him, inability to move broadband penetration to 39 per cent is because telecom operators are still utilising old investments on their network.

Teniola said that operating all services such as financial services, social media transactions, voice messages, text messages and video streaming had put pressure on old investments

He told NAN that the industry operators desired government removal of all obstacles to more investments, enlargement of their capacities and general progress of the industry.

“Also, due to our 100 per cent concentration on importation of software and hardware, we need the issue of foreign exchange to be resolved,’’ the ATCON boss said.

Edited by: Oluyinka Fadare/Ijeoma Popoola

 

 

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